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Activist, artist headlines 2016 Mitchell Artist Lecture

Tania Bruguera stands in front of posters for her Artes Mundi exhibition inside the National Museum in Cardiff. PIC: Tom Martin © WALES NEWS SERVICE

Tania Bruguera will present the fourth lecture in the series about groundbreaking political artwork. | Courtesy of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

Cuban political activist and artist Tania Bruguera will deliver a special lecture 7 p.m. Thursday at Moores Opera House.

Bruguera’s performance and gallery works focus on political oppression, social change and the effect of socioeconomic disparity, particularly in Cuba. Her work was recently featured in the exhibition, “Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America,” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Bruguera’s achievements include being named one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, a Hugo Boss Prize finalist and a Yale World Fellow.

She is the first artist-in-residence for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and helped create the first document on artistic freedom and cultural rights with U.N.’s Human Rights Council in 2013.

In her lecture, Bruguera will discuss the ways that art can transform political effectiveness through application to everyday life and review a selection of her activist work.

The lecture is presented through a collaboration with the Latin Maecenas at the MFAH and the Blaffer Art Museum.

The annual Mitchell Artist Lecture hosts influential artists from around the world who have made noteworthy contributions to the global political landscape. Past speakers include acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones, musician and artist Laurie Anderson and jazz musician Jason Moran.

A public reception will begin in the opera house’s lobby at 6 p.m.

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