Visiting Artist Series

Each semester the Southeastern Louisiana University Art + Design Department attracts
distinguished visiting artists, scholars, and speakers for lectures, workshops, and
interactions with our students and the Southeastern community. Our history of visiting
lecturers include local, regional, national, and internationally recognized scholars. 

During the Fall 2020 semester all of our lectures will be held via zoom. We invite
our students, Southeastern community, and community at large to join us.

Join us Tuesday, September 29th at 12:00 PM for a Virtual Studio Visit with artist
and performer José Torres-Tama.

Zoom Meeting Information:

Meeting ID: 842 2118 7296

Passcode: 167100

About the artist

As writer, poet, journalist, renegade scholar, educator, visual and performance artist, José
Torres-Tama explores the effects of mass media on race relations, the underbelly of
the “North American Dream” mythology, and the anti-immigrant hysteria currently gripping
the United States of Amnesia, which seduces you to embrace forgetting.

Since 1995, he has toured his genre-bending shows nationally and internationally,
and has performed at Roehampton University and Live Art Development in London; the Bluecoat
Arts Centre in Liverpool; the Centre for Performance Research in Aberystwyth, Wales;
and performance festivals in Poland, Slovenia, Canada, and Mexico. In the academy, Duke, Vanderbilt, Cornell, Ohio State University, University of Michigan,
University of Maryland, Tulane, LSU, UCR, and many others have presented his provocative
spectacles, interactive workshops, and “Live Art” multimedia lectures on performance
as a catalyst for social change.

His current touring solo show, ALIENS, IMMIGRANTS & OTHER EVILDOERS, is a sci-fi Latino
noir performance that exposes the hypocrisies of a system that dehumanizes immigrants
while readily exploiting their labor, and was developed through a National Performance
Network Creation Fund award. ALIENS has sold out a two hundred seat-theater at Vanderbilt
University; all three nights presented by Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis; and
the two shows at the Los Angeles Theater Center’s 2014 Encuentro National Festival.

Jose Torres Tama Poster