Platform CSU Art Speaker Series: Shaun Leonardo: From Seeing to Witnessing

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 5:30 pm
People dressed in white holding up their arms above a man bowing down
Shaun Leonardo's performance “Primitive Games at the Guggenheim Museum in 2018. Photo by Paula Court.

Shaun Leonardo discusses his multidisciplinary art, which interrogates societal expectations of masculinity, namely definitions surrounding black and brown masculinities. Free.

Speaking to his most recent body of work in “The Breath of Empty Space,” Leonardo will describe the physical and psychosocial negative space that is activated when viewers fill in the blanks, reframe details and remix narratives based on both personal experience and perceptions ingrained by media and cultural biases. The artist will also describe his investment in performance as a process of embodiment — exploring the ways in which memory and trauma are lodged within our bodies.

Presented by ConSortiUm, a collaborative project of art museums and galleries from the CSU system. Participants include the SF State Fine Arts Gallery and many others.

Online (Zoom)
Kelly Lindner