Monica Amor to speak for Sam Fox School Nov. 8

Lecture presented in conjunction with Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other

Art historian Monica Amor will discuss “Affect and the Participatory Dimension of Brazilian Neoconcretism: 1959-1964” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in Steinberg Hall Auditorium.

Lygia Clark in collaboration with Hélio Oiticica, Hand Dialogue, 1966.

Part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ fall Public Lecture Series, the talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other, on view at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum through Jan. 10, 2011.

Amor teaches modern and contemporary art history in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She has published articles and reviews in Art Nexus, Third Text, October, Grey Room and Artforum as well as critical essays in various exhibition catalogs.

In 2006, she curated Gego: Defying Structures for the Museu Serralves in Porto, Portugal, and last year curated, with Carlos Basualdo, Mexico: Expected / Unexpected for La Maison Rouge in Paris. Her book manuscript The Crisis of Geometric Abstraction in the Americas looks at the reversals of the Constructivist tradition performed in the work of Gego, Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica and Concrete Art in Argentina.

In 2003, Amor was a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Rockefeller Center. Prior to joining MICA’s faculty she taught at Parsons School of Design, the Pratt Institute and Hunter College, all in New York City, as well as at SUNY New Paltz and the Università Iuav di Venezia, Italy.

Amor is working on a book about postwar geometric abstraction and on essays exploring with the interaction between art and architecture.

Steinberg Hall Auditorium is adjacent to the Kemper Art Museum, near the intersection of Skinker and Forsyth boulevards. A reception for Amor at 6 p.m. will precede the lecture. For more information, call (314) 935-9300 or visit

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