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Luis Gispert


  • Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Mary Harris Auditorium on RMCAD’s Campus

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Symbols of Resistance

Rooted in cultural tradition, objects of ornamentation such as jewelry, fashion, custom automobiles, and home décor signal personal identity and community affiliation. And for artist Luis Gispert, these objects are subtle, and sometimes not-so-subtle, signifiers of protest employed by minority communities. In his films, sculptures, and photographs Gispert places these objects into fictitious narratives with performative characters. Although fabricated images and objects themselves, the artist’s work offers an authentic exploration of the ways immigrants and people of color use objects as a form of resistance to maintain their genuine identity and oppose police violence, judicial discrimination, and a lack of educational and employment opportunities.


Gispert creates art through a wide range of media, including photographs, film, and sculptures. Touching upon themes of the American popular imagination, class values, status-driven subcultures, art history, and his Cuban American lineage, his sculptures question consumerism’s relationship to the cult of authenticity and the theater of personal narrative. Watch some of his film work on Vimeo, or check out SAIC’s Alumni Profile.

His work has been exhibited internationally at galleries like Mary Boone, and Gagosian, and museums such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Royal Academy in London. Gispert was raised in Miami, Florida and currently works and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Who is Luis Gispert?

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Texas Student Lounge

Hang out with Toby and Gretchen and get to know the work of visiting artist Luis Gispert. We’ll check out Gispert’s work, eat some snacks, and get excited for the artist’s upcoming lecture and studio visits. Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome.

Next Day Q+A Lunch with Luis Gispert

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

RMCAD faculty, staff, and students are invited to join the VASD Program and artist Luis Gispert for a casual Q+A session over lunch. This intimate gathering provides an opportunity to further discuss the ideas presented in the previous night’s lecture and a place to further engage with our special guest. Light lunch will be provided.

Studio Visits with Luis Gispert

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Various Locations

Luis Gispert will conduct one-on-one, 30-minute studio visits with RMCAD students.

All RMCAD students from all academic departments are welcome to participate. You do not need to have a studio in Spivak to participate.

To reserve a spot for this special opportunity RMCAD students are required to submit the following information via this form by Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

  1. Name
  2. Academic Department
  3. Phone Number
  4. Top three studio visit time slots (see below)
  5. A short paragraph (3-4 sentences) stating your interest in participating in this event.
  6. Do you have a studio in Spivak? Which one? (you are not required to have a studio to participate).

Studio Visit Time Slots

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Studio Visit #1
10:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Studio Visit #2
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Studio Visit #3
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Studio Visit #4
1:40 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. Studio Visit #5
2:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Studio Visit #6
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Studio Visit #7
3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Studio Visit #8


The VASD Program Committee will review submissions and selected students will be notified by Friday, November 9, 2018.

Tuesdays with Toby – Luis Gispert

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Texas Student Lounge
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Take a moment to chat with Toby about the visit and work of VASD Program guest Luis Gispert. Still have questions about the artist’s lecture? Want to discuss the artist’s work over tacos? Join us for Tuesdays with Toby!