Converge 45 Presents a Talk by Alfredo Jaar
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 6:30pm
Converge 45 Presents a Talk by Alfredo Jaar

Converge 45, in collaboration with Portland State University, is pleased to host a talk by Chilean-born artist, architect, and filmmaker, Alfredo Jaar on December 17, 2019 at 6:30 in Lincoln Hall (Room 75).

The talk is part of Artistic Director Lisa Dent’s three-year program, Facing Between Centers, presented by Converge 45. For Jaar’s talk at Portland State University, the New York-based artist will discuss his multidisciplinary and prolific artistic practice exploring urgent sociopolitical and cultural issues such as unequal power relations, migration, globalization, and conflict. Jaar lives and works in New York, and has shown extensively around the world. He is known as one of the most uncompromising, compelling, and innovative artists working today. Through installation, photography, film, and community-based works, the artist examines and bears witness to the complexity of our current time. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Portland State University
Lincoln Hall, Room 75

1620 SW Park Ave
Portland OR 97201

The talk is FREE and open to the public but reservations are required to attend as space is limited.

Please RSVP by December 16, 2019



Alfredo Jaar is a Chilean-born artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York, where he has established an international reputation. He is known as one of the most uncompromising, compelling, and innovative artists working today. His work has been shown extensively around the world, notably in the Biennales of Venice (1986, 2007, 2013), São Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010), Istanbul (1995), Kwangj (1995, 2000), Johannesburg (1997), and Seville (2006). His work has appeared regularly in exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, among many others.

I could say that most of my works are haikus in the sense that I am interested in the economy of means, how you can create an explosion of meanings with so little. I believe in the power of the single idea. - Alfredo Jaar

This event is part of the 2019-2021 Converge 45 visual arts programming curated by Lisa Dent: Facing Between Centers.

Cover Image: Alfredo Jaar, I Can't Go On. I'll Go On, 2016/2019
Neon and metal frame, 118.1" x 118.1" / 3 x 3 m
Courtesy Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh and the artist, New York.