The Museo Reina Sofía master lectures, which mark the start of the Study Centre’s academic activity every year, set out to explore the different approaches and methodologies which have stretched art history in recent times. These lectures, which came into being in 2010, have been conducted by eminent art historians and theorists such as Linda Nochlin, T. J. Clark, Hans Belting, Simón Marchán and Benjamin Buchloh.
For this course the guest lecturer will be the essayist, art critic, cultural theorist, activist and Chile-based curator Nelly Richard (1948). Richard’s theoretical work is conspicuous for crossing over debates on identity and gender with a critique of the production of meaning stemming from French post-structuralist thought. Her noteworthy publications include Arte en Chile desde 1973: escena de avanzada y sociedad (1987), Chile, arte actual (1988), Textos estratégicos (2000) and Feminismo, género y diferencia(s) (2008).
This year, the programme is divided into two sessions: a lecture which puts forward a reflection on the relationship between art, gender, culture and society in the art scene in Chile, and the screening of the video Arte y política: 2005-2015 (fragmentos) [Art and Politics: 2005–2015 (Fragments)], a sequence of exhibition projects which debate the friction and dichotomies established between artistic creation and critical thought over the past decade in Chile.
Nelly Richard. Theorist and essayist. Founder and director of Revista de Crítica Cultural (1990–2008), and director of the M.A. in Cultural Studies at the University of Arts and Social Science ARCIS (2006–2013). She is the author of a wide array of national and international publications, including Diálogos latinoamericanos en las fronteras del arte (2014), Crítica y Política (2013), Crítica de la memoria (2010), Feminismo, género y diferencia(s) (2008), Fracturas de la memoria. Arte y pensamiento crítico (2007), Residuos y metáforas. Ensayos de crítica cultural sobre el Chile de la transición (1998), La insubordinación de los signos: cambio político, transformaciones culturales y poéticas de la crisis (1994), Masculino / Femenino (1993) and Márgenes e Instituciones (1986, reedición en 2008). Furthermore, she curated the Chilean Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, under the title Poéticas de la disidencia: Paz Errázuriz – Lotty Rosenfeld (The Poetics of Dissidence: Paz Errázuriz – Lotty Rosenfeld).