In the context of the exhibit Dream of Reality: An Homage to Joy Laville from its Kimberly Collection, the MCI is proud to welcome Ryan Long, Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Maryland, College Park, for a public lecture titled The Seriously Funny Writing of Jorge Ibargüengoitia on Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute.
The work of Jorge Ibargüengoitia (1928-1983) employs satire and other forms of humor to develop socially critical and often mocking portrayals of institutions and people in positions of power. Humor is a common thread uniting the different types of writing he practiced, including the novel, short story, theater, and journalism. In addition to introducing the audience to Ibargüengoitia’s use of humor, this presentation explains how his work is part of Mexico’s well-developed tradition of satire and parody, exemplified by a range of figures working in different media, including the writers Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695) and José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi (1776-1827), the graphic artist José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913), the film star Cantinflas (1911-1993), and the writers Rosario Castellanos (1925-1974), Sabina Berman (b. 1955), and Juan Villoro (b. 1956).