In this article Erica Moiah James discusses Rubén Torres Llorca’s sculptural installation History Will Teach Us Nothing (1998) within a sequence of works he made in a span of ten years, and in relation to the work of Antonia Eiriz, Jean-Jacques Lebel, and Christopher Cozier. It focuses on Llorca’s exceptional craftmanship, his multifaceted aesthetic language, and how he arranges artwork within exhibition spaces to encourage audiences to have meaningful encounters with the ideas he wants to communicate.
Erica Moiah James
Erica Moiah James is an art historian, curator and assistant professor at The University of Miami. Her research and writing centers on indigenous, modern and contemporary art of the Caribbean and the African Diaspora. Select academic publications include Charles White’s J’Accuse! and the Limits of Universal Blackness (AAAJ, 2016); Every N***r is a Star: Re-imaging Blackness from Post Civil Rights America to the Post-Independence Caribbean (Black Camera, 2016), Decolonizing Time: Nineteenth Century Haitian Portraiture and the Critique of Anachronism in Caribbean Art (NKA, 2019) and numerous curatorial essays including more recently “Purvis Young: Nothing Left Unsaid” (ICA 2019); “The Black Sublime: Rene Pena’s Archangel, 2018” (SX 2019); Ricardo Brey’s “Adrift”(MER, B&L, 2019) ; “Theriantropic Beasts: The Mystic Revelation of Tomás Esson” (ICA 2021) and “Edouard Duval Carrié: Historical Retelling and the Postmodern Baroque” (Bass Museum 2020). Before arriving in Miami, she was the founding director and chief curator of the National Gallery of The Bahamas (2003-2011); a jointly appointed assistant professor in the departments of the History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Africa American Studies at Yale. James is a 2019-2022 Non-resident Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Center, University of Johannesburg, S.A; a 2020 recipient of the Creative Time/Warhol Foundation Writers Grant and a 2020 Mellon Foundation Project Grant focused on the multimodal art practice of Geoffrey Holder. Her forthcoming book is entitled After Caliban: Caribbean Art in the Global Imaginary.