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Conversation with Christina Heatherton and Shellyne Rodriguez

Please join us this Thursday, March 30, at 6:30pm for a conversation between author Christina Heatherton and artist Shellyne Rodriguez at 390 Broadway, 2nd Floor. Continuing the series of events organized in conjunction with Rodriguez's ongoing solo exhibition, Third World Mixtapes: The Infrastructure of Feeling, this conversation will explore the topic of “Internationalism from Below," a concept examined in Heatherton's recently published book, Arise! Global Radicalism in the Era of the Mexican Revolution.

In Arise! Global Radicalism in the Era of the Mexican Revolution, Heatherton draws on varied historical material from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to investigate how figures such as Elizabeth Catlett, Paul Shinsei Kōchi, M.N. Roy, and Ricardo Flores Magón were inspired by the Mexican Revolution. Following an introduction of the book, the dialogue will explore the intersections between Heatherton's scholarship and the drawings on view in Rodriguez’s Third World Mixtapes: The Infrastructure of Feeling.

No RSVP necessary for this event and seating will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Christina Heatherton is the Elting Associate Professor of American Studies and Human Rights at Trinity College. She is the author of Arise! Global Radicalism in the Era of the Mexican Revolution(University of California Press, 2022). For two decades she has been working with social movements to produce collaborative works of political and popular education, including Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter (Verso, 2016), co-edited with Jordan T. Camp. She currently co-directs the Trinity Social Justice Initiative. 

Shellyne Rodriguez is a Bronx-based artist, educator, historian, writer, and community organizer who works in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture. Rodriguez stewards the histories and stories of people that have shaped her lived experience, describing her practice as “the depiction and archiving of spaces and subjects engaged in strategies of survival against erasure and subjugation.” Through her multidisciplinary practice, Rodriguez documents the ways in which the diverse social fabric of the South Bronx is rewoven as the people and cultures coexist. Rodriguez utilizes language as well as cultural and sociopolitical references to create unified portraits of individuals from various communities formed in what she describes as the “periphery of empire.” Engaging with the legacy of the Ashcan School, who bore witness to the rise of the modern metropolis and depicted how the poor and working class in New York enclaves were transformed by this, Rodriguez views figures such as Alice Neel, Jane Dickson, and Martin Wong as an extension of this tradition and situates her practice alongside them.