2011-2012 Colloquium Series

Alicia Fuentes Vega (PhD Canidate, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. "Sites of Art" Working Group. Ref. HAR 2010-19406), will present "Tourism, Art and Masquerade in Spain."

Friday, October 28, 4:00 PM
Gifford Room, 221 Kroeber Hall
University of California, Berkeley

Modern art and tourism were among the strategies used by Franco in order to open Spain to the western world. How is it then, that art and tourism are never analyzed together except in opposition as high and low culture? This talk explores the connections between the fields of art and tourism in the Francoist Spain. This kind of analysis helps us not only to better understand the tourist boom in that country but also to introduce new nuances in the history of Spanish avant-garde.

Speaker Bio:
Alicia is a PhD candidate and junior researcher of Complutense University, Madrid. She received a FPU Grant (The Spanish Government's Program for the Training of Future Professors), which allows her to come to Berkeley to complete her research, as she prevously did in Berlin and London. Alicia is currently developing her doctoral thesis, which deals with the important role played by Spanish modern art and culture in the process of modernization that took place in Spain durint the 50s and 60s of the Franco regime. Alicia is a member of the "Sites of Art" Working Group.

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