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Reciprocity and/as Vengeance: Art and Cultural Patronage in the Philippines during the Marcos Years

Book talk by Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut, Author of Institutions and Icons of Patronage: Arts and Culture in the Philippines during the Marcos Years, 1965-1986

Thursday, May 24, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall (10th floor)
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Based on primary documents and interviews, Baluyut's book, Institutions and Icons of Patronage: Arts and Culture in the Philippines during the Marcos Years, 1965-1986, seeks to understand the politics and aesthetics of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos’ rule through the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Philippine High School for the Arts, and the National Museum of the Philippines. As institutional elaborations of the concept and existing modes of reciprocity, these were established and/or restructured to promote national art and culture. Rather than interpret the Marcoses’ support only as political propaganda, Baluyut construes their rhetoric and gestures as a spectacular performance as patrons and icons, engendering both defiance and reverence among their constituents. Through formal and contextual analyses of visual and verbal representation, this book signifies a critical reversal of the damnatio memoriae committed against Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos in Philippine art history and serves as a timely reminder of reciprocity and/as vengeance at the specter of a Marcos restoration.

Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Art History at UCLA. She has taught art history, theory, and criticism at the Institute of American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France, and other colleges and universities in the United States, including the California State University, San Bernardino, from 2006 to 2011 as Assistant Professor of Art. In June, she will be teaching at the University of Santo Tomas’ Cultural Heritage Studies Program and conducting research on the oldest cabinet of curiosities-turned-museum in the Philippines as a Fulbright Scholar. Co-editor of Confrontations, Crossings, and Convergence: Photographs of the Philippines and the United States, 1898-1998, Baluyut is also the author of Institutions and Icons of Patronage: Arts and Culture in the Philippines during the Marcos Years, 1965-1986, her new book published by the University of Santo Tomas Press.

Review of Institutions and Icons of Patronage:
“With Institutions and Icons of Patronage, Philippine cultural studies, and the critical study of culture in general, enters an important new phase in the ongoing synthesizing of theoretical, historical, and empirical investigation and scholarly inquiry. Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut masterfully articulates the complex ways in which modes of social responsibility and reciprocity continued to frame, inform, and respond to the diverse political transformations impacting artistic and cultural patronage during the Marcos years. An inspiring account of the pluralities and prismatic nature of Philippine character and its remarkable capacity to preserve and recuperate its complex and varied pasts by dynamically inventing its possible futures.” —Donald Preziosi, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles, and former Slade Professor of Fine Art, Oxford University

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies

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