Dunkerley Dialogue: Los Carpinteros

Installation view, Opener 19: Los Carpinteros, Tang Teaching Museum, 2010

Marco Castillo, one half of the Havana-based collective Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters), will join Jerry Philogene, Assistant Professor of American Studies at Dickinson College, in a dialogue at the Tang Museum. Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez create surrealist-inspired sculptures, large-scale installations, and drawings that hover between architecture and furniture, functionality and uselessness. Structurally beautiful and often humorous, Los Carpinteros’s work confronts viewers, forcing them to question the production and meaning of the furnishings — themselves icons of modernist commerce — that populate our lives.

Jerry Philogene specializes in 20th century African American and Afro Caribbean visual arts and cultural history. Her teaching interests include interdisciplinary American cultural history and black cultural and identity politics. Her research interests explore the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender as articulated in contemporary visual and popular culture. She was a pre-dissertation fellow in the Skidmore American Studies Department prior to her position at Dickinson.

The Dunkerley Dialogues are made possible by a generous gift from Michele Dunkerley ‘80.

Marco Castillo of Los Carpinteros discusses their swimming pool series and the source of their inspiration. Havana-based collective Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters) create surrealist-inspired sculptures, large-scale installations, and drawings.
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