Maya Gurantz, a Los Angeles-based artist, will investigate social imaginaries of American culture as a lecturer in the art department’s Hanes Visiting Artist Series this Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Hanes Art Center.
Gurantz said she creates art in a wide range of forms, such as video installations, public performance, writing and sculptures and mediates on topics of race, sex, gender, politics and ideas of progress.
“What they all have in common is that they're trying to explore something about the most conflicted terrain of our human experience in a way that allows you to engage with it that's accessible, but still makes you think about complicated things,” Gurantz said.
Many of Gurantz’s works are site-specific, she said, responding to a certain location, place in history or political issue currently happening. They are often based in deep historical research and are conceptual.
"Every idea that I'm trying to get across is going to communicate best in a specific form,” Gurantz said.