Polish art historian to give lecture

Event: Guest Lecture by Katarzyna Cytlak, Ph.D., Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Buenos, Aires, Argentina

Date: February 26, 2019 (Tuesday)

Time: 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Location: Hodgdon IRC 9

Title of Lecture: Blurring of National and Cultural Boundaries: Polish Performance Artists in Latin America, 1970-1980

Dr. Katarzyna Cytlak explores the issue of American art’s cultural translations. Joseph Beuys’s performance I Like America and America Likes Me (Coyote) that took place at René Block Gallery in New York in May 1974 serves to problematize the character of transatlantic cultural exchanges and introduce the theoretical frame of decolonial, transnational, and horizontal approaches to art history. The analysis of performance and conceptual art—two artistic genres conceptualized by leading American artists such as Alan Kaprow and Joseph Kosuth—attempts to understand how American art and American categories were perceived and discussed in other, non-Western cultural contexts. Could the transatlantic artistic dialogue with American artists be considered non-hierarchical, or a repetition of the schema of power relations with colonizing Europe? How does one deal with artistic production that transcends national, regional, and cultural boundaries? Romuald Kutera’s HERE – Interpretation, HERE – Reinterpretation (1976), a photographic performance that consisted of walking on the poster A Que Punto Sei? / Where Are You Standing? (1976) by the collective International Local (Sarah Charlesworth, Joseph Kosuth, and Anthony McCall), illustrates how the Polish artist symbolically tried to define his own ‘social location’ and artistic position within the contemporary art world. The question of bicultural identity, as well as social and political agency in the globalizing art world by the end of the 1970s, is examined through Marcos Kurtycz, the Polish/Mexican artist who oscillated between the cultures of his homeland and new Latin American refuge, highlighting the similarities between two remote cultural contexts seemingly incomparable at first sight.


Katarzyna Cytlak received her Ph.D. from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France in 2012. A Polish art historian based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cytlak was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the CONICET – National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Argentina from 2015 to 2017. In addition, she is a grantee of the University Paris 4 Sorbonne (Paris), the Terra Foundation for American Art (Chicago, Paris), and the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (Paris). In 2018 and 2019, she participated in the CAA-Getty International Program. Her research focuses on Central European and Latin American artistic creations in the second half of the twentieth century. She studies conceptual art, radical and utopian architecture, socially engaged art, and art theory in relation to post-socialist countries from a transmodern and transnational perspective. Selected publications include articles in Umění/Art, Eadem Utraque Europa, Third Text, and the RIHA Journal. Currently, Cytalk is a Researcher and Professor at the Center for Slavic and Chinese Studies at Universidad Nacional de San Martín in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Event Contact: Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut, Ph.D., SUNY Department of Art, PearlieRose.Baluyut@oneonta.edu


Poster Photo Credit: Romuald Kutera; HERE – Interpretation, HERE – Reinterpretation, 1976, series of 12 photographs, black and white, Archives of Romuald Kutera, Wroclaw, Poland. Courtesy of Romuald Kutera.