The SOMA-CFA Dean’s Travel Grant committee is pleased to congratulate Cristine Posner (MFA candidate), this year’s recipient for the SOMA-CFA Dean’s Travel Grant Award. The SOMA-CFA Dean’s Travel Grant Award funds CFA students to travel to Mexico City for eight weeks to attend SOMA Summer, an international artist program involving leading artists, theorists, and curators. Serving on the committee are Szu-Han Ho (Art & Ecology), Ray Hernández-Durán (Art History), and Lee Montgomery (Electronic Arts).

SOMA Summer 2015 will focus on the idea of excess and its relationship with contemporary art. We will depart from the proposal of the French writer Georges Bataille, who considers excess in the form of waste or “expenditure” not as a malaise, but as an outlet of energy that needs to be spent. It is here that he locates art. Along these lines, we will analyze the libidinal forces that connect the economic and aesthetic spheres. We will also revise the overwhelming Baroque style (specifically the Mexican Baroque), which developed in XVII century as a manifestation of the power of the Church and the State, as well as its influence in today’s art production and consumption. Our notion of excess will, itself, expand as we explore the concept during seminars, lectures, and workshops with participating artists, curators, and academics in the field.