Black Baroque

Visiting Artist Interviews: Harmonia Rosales

Please join us for a Black Baroque conversation between artist Harmonia Rosales and art historian Sophia Q. McCabe.

Date: Monday, May 1, 2023
Time: 4:00PM-5:30PM CST
Location: Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
5733 S University Ave, Room 103

Click here to livestream the event.


Artist Bio: Influenced by her multicultural Afro-Cuban background, Harmonia Rosales’s (B. 1984, Chicago, IL) primary artistic concern focuses on Black female empowerment through a diasporic lens. Her work seamlessly entwines the oral narratives and deities of West African Yorùbá religion, Greco-Roman mythology, and Christianity with the artistic techniques of the Renaissance masters. For Rosales, reimagining hegemonic narratives preserves the memory of her ancestral lineage and functions to champion resilience and question Eurocentric notions of beauty. While her subjects serve as conduits for the internal struggles of a disempowered society, Rosales encourages her onlookers to possess more sympathy, empathy, and empowerment.

Scholar Bio: Sophia Quach McCabe is an independent curator and scholar. She received her PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has published on 16th- and 17th-century art and networks, as well as contemporary art. Her research has been supported by the German American Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Delmas Krieble Foundation, and the J. Paul Getty Trust, among others. She was supporting curator of the exhibition Harmonia Rosales: Entwined at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara, where she served as Academic Coordinator, and contributor to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s Harmonia Rosales: Master Narrative exhibition catalogue.

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