How Latinos are represented in science fiction and how they use it to critique the world are what Tyler Stallings, artistic director at Culver Center of the Arts and director of Sweeney Art Gallery, both located at UC Riverside's ARTSblock, will present on Thursday, April 9, at Cal State San Bernardino.
His guest talk, "Critical Utopias: Science Fiction of the Americas," begins at 6 p.m. at the university's Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Stallings will discuss research-in-progress for The Getty Foundation's Pacific Standard Time, which explores, among other topics, the ways that contemporary Latin American and Latino artists employ science fiction for social, cultural and political critique. The project will bring together scholars in science fiction studies with curators and artists to examine Latin American and Latino science fiction's capacity to imagine new realities, both utopic and dystopic.
The chief curator at Laguna Museum of Art from 1999 to 2006, Stallings' curatorial projects focus on contemporary art, with a special emphasis on the exploration of identity, technology, photo-based work and urban culture.
He is the co-editor of the anthology "Uncontrollable Bodies: Testimonies of Identity and Culture" (Seattle: Bay Press, 1994), and is a columnist for KCET-TV's "Artbound" program. His most recent book, "Aridtopia: Essays on Art & Culture from the Deserts in the Southwest United States" (Blue West Books), is a literary mirage that fuses present day reality and a future imaginary, which repositions our view of the world from that of the desert. For more information, visit tylerstallings.com.
About RAFFMA: The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is a nationally recognized museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a Washington, D.C.,-based organization whose members must meet the highest standards in securing accreditation. During its 19-year history, RAFFMA has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art. Located at Cal State San Bernardino, RAFFMA houses the largest permanent and public display of Egyptian art in Southern California.
General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $3. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $6 per vehicle, $3 on weekends. Note: Parking Services website says daily rate goes up on April 4, weekend rate will be $3. See http://parking.csusb.edu/.
The museum is currently closed until fall 2015 for renovations. For more information, call (909) 537-7373 or visit the RAFFMA website at raffma.csusb.edu.