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J. Gibran Villalobos

Gibran is an administrator and art historian. Previously Gibran was the Exhibitions and Collection Coordinator for the City of Glendale, Arizona, organizing exhibitions with local organizations in conjunction with municipal exhibition spaces as well as temporary public art projects. He has served on the Arizona-Sonora Administrators exchange, a forum dedicated to exchanging administrators to establish cross-disciplinary interactions, the National Association for Latino Arts, and Americans for the Arts. These introductions to public space have led to the research behind the complicity of administrator, artist, and public. At SAIC he served as a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies. His graduate thesis Industrial Prayers: The Reconstruction of Italian Identity focused on the work of Janis Kounellis and how the industrialization of labor in mid-century Italy, reconstructed a social identity.

His current work in Chicago focuses on working with communities and networks outside of mainstream sets. He has worked on the Washington Park Public Archive at the Arts Incubator in Chicagoʼs southside, Chicago Public Art Group, and Stockyard Projects. Currently, he is working on a transdisiciplinary project with the Austin and Englewood communities in partnerships with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Chicago Park District.

His recent projects have led him to investigating new media in Cuba in the production of the traveling exhibition Cuban Virtualities. He will be presenting part of his research at the Art Present conference in Havana and a project for the 12th Havana Biennial. He is currently a Program Assistant for the Department of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago and a Cultural Liaison for the Chicago Park District.

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