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If you aren't pretty linked in to the latest happenings in the art world, it's entirely possible that you haven't heard of Roberto Lugo. If that's the case, I'm here to help remedy that. Lugo is speaking at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design on Thursday, May 12 at 6:30. The talk is titled "Ghetto Craft: A Place Where Poverty and Porcelain Intersect," and you're going to want to be there. In front.
Not only is Lugo one of the most talented ceramic artists out there right now, he's also one of the most passionate about issues of social justice and identity in the arts. His creations are gorgeous, and they're ultimately tied into a passionate, powerful vision that is nothing less than world-changing.
Lugo was already well known in the art world before he gave a speech as an NCECA Emerging Artist that vaulted him into sensation territory. It is one of the finest and most moving art talks I've ever seen. Do yourself a favor and watch it immediately.
Lugo's belief that pots can change the world has profound force behind it. I spoke with Lugo about his training, his opinions on mixing the traditional with the ground-breaking in his work, and what's on the horizon.