Happy Hour Salon : History of the Future


Please join us for a Salon & Happy Hour with Michael Berman, Julián Cardona, Nancy Sutor and Charles Bowden.  This event is in conjunction with the exhibition History of the Future, featuring the photographs of Michael Berman and Julián Cardona, the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University will hold two events on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14.  Both will take place in the Freeman Auditorium of the Woldenberg Art Center.  For more information please visit http://www.newcombartgallery.tulane.edu/artindex.html.

Friday, May 13, 7 pm
Aliens Are Coming: Fears of a Brown Invasion & the Vilification of Latino Immigrants in the USA.  In this multi-media lecture, artist José Torres-Tama the widespread hysteria of “illegal aliens” driven by groups and individuals who have divisively stoked the fires of xenophobia and inspired hate crimes against Latinos across the United States.  The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Saturday, May 14, 3-5 pm
The History of the Future, Beyond the Border of Mexico and the US
A panel discussion with photographers Michael Berman and Julián Cardona, writers Charles Bowden and Yuri Herrera-Gutierrez, and curator Nancy Sutor.  Moderated by Dr. James Huck, Assistant Director for Graduate Programs at Tulane’s Stone Center of Latin American Studies, the discussion will explore, history, policy, ecology, economics, art, literature and energy related to the issues of Mexico/US migration in the 21st century.  A public reception featuring Latin-inspired food and music will immediately follow.

Panel participant Charles Bowden is the author of eleven books including Down By the River: Drugs, Money, Murder and Family and Juárez: The Laboratory of our Future. His most recent book is Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields. Bowden is a contributing editor for GQ and Mother Jones, and also writes for Harper’s, The New York Times Book Review, and Aperture. Yuri Herrera-Gutiérrez earned his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009.  A visiting Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, he is the author of Trabajos del reino, given the “Otras voces, otros ámbitos” prize for the best novel published in Spain in 2008.

Nancy Sutor holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has curated exhibits for the Photographic Arts at the College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Center for Photography, Armory for the Arts, and Eidolon (an artists’ space she co-founded in Santa Fe in 1994). She served as Interim Director of the Marion Center for Photographic Arts at the College of Santa Fe from 2006-2008 where she also taught from 1996-2008.

“For more than three decades, Michael Berman and Julian Cardona have focused their work on the desert southwest and the people crossing the Mexico/U.S. border. The exhibition unfolds their multiple collaborations of the last seven years.

Berman’s images depict the bleak beauty of the land in Arizona, New Mexico, and northern Mexico region. A resident of the border town Juárez, Mexico, Cardona captures people and places with which he is intimately familiar.”

Exhibition and program funding is provided by the Lannan Foundation.  Additional support for educational programming comes from Tulane University’s Interdisciplinary Committee for Art and Visual Culture (ICAVC), Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

*Images: (l) Julián Cardona, Young men and boys from southern Mexico light votive candles, Sonora, 2005 (detail) and (r) Michael Berman, Crossings, Vopoki Wash, Arizona, 2008.