Learning from Madness | Kaira M. Cabañas

Join the School of Art + Art History during International Education Week for Associate Professor Kaira M. Cabañas’s launch of her new book Learning from Madness: Brazilian Modernism and Global Contemporary Art.

Kaira M. Cabañas’s Learning from Madness: Brazilian Modernism and Global Contemporary Art was published by the University of Chicago Press. On account of this scholarly work, Yve-Alain Bois, Institute for Advanced Study, writes: “Kaira Cabañas’s study is an efficient antidote to what she calls the ‘monolingualism of the global’—the current tendency in modern and contemporary art institutions to welcome the art of the ‘other’ but only as framed by Western cultural codes…. She focuses on the extraordinary case of Brazil, where works of art produced by psychiatric patients were given a status similar to those of professional artists…. Goethe’s motto, ‘What is inside, is outside,’ as quoted by Brazilian critic Mário Pedrosa, is the Ariadne’s thread linking the five case studies examined in this brilliant book.”

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the University of Chicago Press and the University of Florida’s School of Art + Art History, Florida-Brazil Linkage Institute, Center for Latin American Studies, and International Center.