February 6, 2014

FAAP/ Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Visual Arts Program

Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP)
Photo Credit: Fernando Silveira / FAAP.

As part of the FAAP/Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Visual Arts Program, the artist Coco Fusco will be giving the opening lecture for the Visual Arts course at FAAP’s College of Fine Arts on February 20.

Since 2012, the Fulbright Visiting Professor Program enables a professional to participate in the activities of the course at FAAP. A professional with a large experience in this field, linked to a university in the USA, stays for a period of four months and is directly involved in the processes that articulate the course and also the Residência Artística FAAP (FAAP Artistic Residence), the postgraduate studies in Art History and other activities that he/ she can contribute exchanging experiences. Coco Fusco will give lectures, one workshop about her work, participate in graduate student critiques, meetings with the artists of the Residência Artística FAAP and meetings with former students interested in present and discuss their work/portfolios.

Coordinated by professor Marcos Moraes, responsible for the Course of Visual Arts at FAAP, the program was started with Roberto Tejada, researcher and specialist in Latin American photography and art and professor at the Meadows School of the Art at Southern Methodist University.

Visual Arts course from the FAAP’s College of Fine Arts
The course is one of the most prestigious in Brazil, and it can be considered a center of research for contemporary artistic production. Furthermore, it is also a privileged place for the dissemination of young artists’ production, enabling the experience and experiment of the arts in a serious way in accordance with the requirements of the art system.

Recognized as a reference, it is possible to identify the presence of a significant number of representatives of the Brazilian artistic and theoretical production—in the art visual field as well as in the related areas—that strengthens and confirms their position in Brazil and abroad, both teachers and students.

Currently, the course trains professionals in the field of Visual Arts, artists and researchers. (

Over the past decades, the course has established itself as a reference for this production, standing out in a natural way, that cannot be replaced, in the national and even international contemporary art scene, which can even been attested by a long list of active professionals and artists.

With this initiative, the Foundation once again seeks solid and consistent ways that are coherent with the contemporary reality in order to achieve its primary objectives, which are  to support, encourage and disseminate the artistic and cultural production.

In addition to the other programs and activities being held, such as Residência Artística FAAP, we also have the Programa residência artística da FAAP (FAAP’s Program of artistic residence); at the Cité des Arts, in Paris; the Anual de Arte FAAP and the exhibition program performed by thenewly graduatedstudentsin the Visual Arts course, among others.

The course of Visual Arts at FAAP is 50 years of research, innovation and creation
The year was 1964; it was therefore fifty years ago that a new phase began in the FAAP Visual Arts course. At the time, there was still no College of Fine Arts Visual Arts, which would be created five years later and include the course in the FAAP core curriculum.

We started 2014 with a series of activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the course. Among the activities and guests for this celebration, we will have the presence of Coco Fusco, a multidisciplinary artist and writer and Fulbright visiting professor, who will teach in the course of Visual Arts and at FAAP between February and June.

FAAP/Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Visual Arts Program
The objective of the FAAP/Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Visual Arts Program is to call attention to the possible contributions of U.S. scholars to the development of the visual arts at FAAP and in the arts community. The U.S. scholar must be affiliated with a U.S. higher education institution.

Coco Fusco
Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Director of Intermedia Initiatives, School of Art Media, and Technology, Parsons The New School for Design. She is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and writer. Since 1988, she has performed, lectured, exhibited and curated around the world. She is a 2013 Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of a 2012 USA Fellowship. She was also awarded a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco’s performances and videos have been included in exhibitions and events at the New Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Art Basel Miami Beach, the Sydney Biennale, The Johannesburg Biennial, The Kwangju Biennale, The Shanghai Biennale, InSite O5, Transmediale, The London International Theatre Festival, VideoBrasil and Performa 05.

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