Shaun Leonardo: From Seeing to Witnessing

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 5:30am

Join us for another PLATFORM event: "Shaun Leonardo: From Seeing to Witnessing"

Thursday, February 11, 5:30 p.m. (PST) - Live via Zoom -
Hosted by San Jose State, San Diego State, and Sacramento State

To register for the Zoom webinar please visit: https://sjsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/

Visiting artist Shaun Leonardo will discuss his multi-disciplinary work, which interrogates societal expectations of masculinity, namely definitions surrounding black and brown masculinities. Speaking to his most recent body of work in The Breath of Empty Space, he will describe the physical and psychosocial negative space that is activated when viewers fill in the blanks, reframe details, and remix narratives based on both personal experience and perceptions ingrained by media and cultural biases. The artist will also describe his investment in performance as a process of embodiment—exploring the ways in which memory and trauma are lodged within our bodies. 

Leonardo is a Brooklyn-based artist from Queens, New York City. He received his MFA  from the San Francisco Art Institute, is a recipient of support from Creative Capital,  Guggenheim Social Practice, Art for Justice and A Blade of Grass, and was recently  profiled in the New York Times. His work has been featured at The Guggenheim  Museum, the High Line, and New Museum, with a solo exhibition, The Breath of Empty  Space, currently at MASS MoCA, then traveling to The Bronx Museum in 2021.  
"PLATFORM" is the inaugural program that actively engages students, faculty, staff, and communities through visual arts-based dialogue which include six live virtual conversations with contemporary artists, collectives, and curators whose work is critical to current re-imaginings of the art world and the world at large.
ConSortiUm recognizes that CSU students are integral to creating a new future, and is therefore committed to providing access to a multiplicity of voices and inspiration as students discover and nurture their own agency.
All events will be presented live via Zoom with access for all CSU campuses. Recordings of the events will be available for post live-stream viewing and archived by the sponsoring institutions. These events are free and open to the public
Visit https://www.cpp.edu/platform-csu-art-speaker-series/ for more information and to register for following events.