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In Conversation: Clotilde Jiménez + David C. Hart

March 07 2024

When 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where Cleveland Institute of Art, Peter B. Lewis Theater

Clotilde Jiménez and David C. Hart, PhD

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Celebrated international artist Clotilde Jiménez will discuss his art and career since graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2013 during a discussion moderated by CIA Art History professor David C. Hart, PhD.

Jiménez’s autobiographical multimedia collage work features composite portraits within montaged vignettes, offering a dream-like gaze into the artist’s inner thoughts. Often using repeat motifs such as boxing gear, tropical fruits, painted fingernails, combined with Mexican visual imagery, the artist explores themes of race, gender, sexuality and spirituality.

During “In Conversation: Clotilde Jiménez + David C. Hart,” Jiménez will share his thoughts on being a practicing artist, student and resident in Philadelphia, Cleveland, London and Mexico City as well as his reactions to the cultures there and others’ reactions to him.

The discussion will also cover Jiménez’s use of collage and other multimedia works in his artistic practice—and the pros and cons of discipline specificity—as well as the evolution of his thoughts (and education) about the art world, art education and artistic practice.

“In Conversation: Clotilde Jiménez + David C. Hart” will take place at 6pm Thursday, March 7 in CIA's Peter B. Lewis Theater. A reception will take place immediately following the talk in the Leonard Krieger Fund South Lobby, just outside the theater.

“In Conversation: Clotilde Jiménez + David C. Hart” marks the inaugural event for CIA's Curlee Raven Holton Inclusion Scholar Program, which provides established and emerging artists from traditionally marginalized groups—such as African American, Latinx, Native American and other groups—opportunities to engage with students in professional development and networking at CIA. Curlee Raven Holton is an award-winning artist, printmaker and professor who graduated from CIA in 1989.

Clotilde Jiménez sources antique, modern and contemporary art references to explore the limitations placed on the body considering race, gender and sexuality. Whether through ceramic, sculpture, collage or painting, a superimposition of materiality allows him to tell several stories at the same time and to render his own lived experiences through an expansive archive. His grapheme deployment of line and form compile as linear simplifications of public and private life.

Jiménez received his MFA from The Slade School of Fine Art and his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has exhibited at The Mennello Museum of American Art (Orlando, Florida); Phillips Collection New York (New York, New York); the Slade School of Fine Art (London, United Kingdom); the Jacob Lawrence Gallery (Seattle, Washington); and MAC Puerto Rico. His work is also featured in notable collections such as the Ford Foundation (New York, New York); Orlando Museum of Art (Orlando, Florida); Hessel Museum of Art (Annandale-On-Hudson, New York); and the Beth Rudin De Woody collection.

David C. Hart, PhD is Associate Professor of Art History in the Liberal Arts department at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he has taught since 2003. He received Master’s and Doctorate degrees in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on the art of the Black Atlantic and modern and contemporary art including contemporary Cuban art. Hart has curated and authored catalogue essays for several exhibitions, including Inside/Outside: Contemporary Cuban Art and The Art of Exchange: Contemporary Cuban Art in Cleveland. He is the author of articles on the intersection of art and identity in several encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. The memory works of multimedia artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons was the subject of “Spoken Softly with Mama: Memory, Monuments and Black Women’s Spaces in Cuba” in the Fall 2022 issue of RACAR Revue d’art Canadienne / Canadian Art Review.


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