University of Wisconsin–Madison

VCC – Visual Cultures Collective

Glenn Ligon, "Palindrome #1", 2007
Glenn Ligon, "Palindrome #1", 2007

October 26 – Hagen Room (first floor of Elvehjem Building) @ 3:00 p.m.

The VCC is a student organization whose mission is to create leadership and career development opportunities around the transdisciplinary study of visual cultures for all UW-Madison students. Such initiatives may involve, but are not limited to, organizing educational events, holding workshops and colloquia, and coordinating group trips to important conferences and events in the field. The Visual Cultures Collective shall also function as a platform for networking, developing partnerships, and fostering lasting professional relationships among students, faculty, and leading academics across the United States and around the World.

2017 Officers:

Co-Chairs: Amy Gaeta & Alex Leme

Outreach Coordinator: Luke Urbain

Secretary-Treasurer: Jessica A. Cooley

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Guillermina De Ferrari




'StripeTease' by Tam Tran
Tam Tran, "Stripe Tease", 2009

Featured 2017 – 2018 VCC Events:

Parangolés by Hélio Oiticica

Amy Gaeta (English) and Alex Leme (Art History), doctoral minors in the Transdisciplinary Study of Visual Cultures, have organized a visual cultures symposium for Spring, 2018: What Bodies Can Do: Art and the Social Practice of Resistance.

Informed by the artistic practice of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980) in relation to the socio-political conditions and carnival culture in Brazil in the 1960s, “What Bodies Can Do: Art and the Social Practice of Resistance” seeks to alter our understanding of the art object by re-evaluating the kinship between participatory art, embodied performativity, and social practices of resistance. Premised on the conviction that Hélio Oiticica’s paradigm-shifting Parangolés specifically, and participatory art more broadly, are fundamentally what Judith Butler calls “embodied forms of action and mobility marked by dependency and resistance,” this project will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to create, perform, and ultimately engage in a timely debate about the political, social, and cultural potentials arising from the embodied performativity of art.

Featured scholars:
Monica Amor & Simone Osthoff

Stay tuned for more information…