Announcing Trinity’s Seventh Annual Arturo Madrid Lecture
University of the Incarnate Word professor to present “The Personal is Political”

Trinity University is excited to host the seventh annual Arturo Madrid Lecture. On April 20, Kathy Vargas, MFA, professor of art and photography at the University of the Incarnate Word, will deliver the Madrid Lecture. There will be a reception at 4 p.m., followed by Vargas’ lecture at 4:30 p.m. in the Dicke Hall Screening Room, DH 108.

Each spring, the Madrid Lecture and the Madrid Fund for Latin@ Artists present a lecture that celebrates, promotes, and makes available to the Trinity and San Antonio communities the rich and varied artistic productions of Latinx artists. The creations of Latin@ artists serve as catchments of memory; reminders of the range and depth of human emotion and thought; and markers of beliefs, hopes, and dreams. They are the product of the long-lived and complex cultural heritage and historical experience of the Latinx communities of the United States.

In her presentation “The Personal is Political,” Vargas will discuss images from her collection that depict the crossover between the private world and evening news. Rather than stressing a single truth, her double exposures tangle time in a palimpsest that overlays the past with the present, beauty with loss, reality with illusion, and memory with forgetfulness. 

Vargas has had one-person exhibits at Sala Uno in Rome, Italy; Galería Juan Martin in Mexico City, Mexico; Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and retrospectives at the McNay Art Museum and Universität Erlangen in Germany. Her work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Vargas was also named the 2005 Texas Two-Dimensional Artist of the Year by the Texas Commission on the Arts. 

The Madrid Lecture and Madrid Fund for Latin@ Arts is a vibrant example of the way Trinity connects with San Antonio and the world through deep conversations and cultural experiences. The Madrid Lecture and Fund are sponsored by the Belo Corporation's Board of Trustees in honor of Professor Emeritus Arturo Madrid, the Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities (1993–2017), who served on the Board of Trustees. The fund has since been augmented via contributions from Antonia I. Castañeda and Arturo Madrid and by Trinity’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Department of EnglishTrinity University Press, the Humanities Collective, and the Mexico, the Americas, and Spain Program

The Madrid Lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Trinity’s events calendar listing.

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