Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series: Dora García
The central motif of renowned Spanish artist Dora García's work is the analysis of the paradigms and conventions of art. She often uses texts and stories as a basis for scenarios that, while witty and entertaining, raise complex ethical and moral questions. Her projects invoke problematic sources such as Abbie Hoffman’s 1970 Steal this Book, Lenny Bruce’s incendiary stand up comedy, and the films of legendary underground filmmaker Jack Smith.
García studied at the University of Salamanca and at the Rijksakademie of Amsterdam, and has had solo exhibitions in Spain and abroad at MACBA, Barcelona; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; MUSAC, León, Spain; SMAK, Gante, Belgium; GfZK, Leipzig, Germany; CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Galeria Civica di Trento, Italy; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; and Index Stockholm. She has participated in prestigious international exhibitions including Manifesta 2, the 8th Istanbul Biennial, 17th Biennale of Sydney; Xe Biennale of Lyon; 2nd Athens Biennale; 29th Bienal de São Paulo; and the 2011 Venice Biennale, where she represented her home country of Spain. Her work will be included in Descriptive Acts, a media arts exhibition at SFMOMA, which runs from February through June of this year.