In his dramatic photographic tableaux, sculptures, video vignettes, and short films, Miami-New York-based artist and SAIC alumnus Luis Gispert (BFA ’96) mashes up consumerist pop culture and narco-nouveau riche ‘80s aesthetics with Freudian nightmares and socio-economic provocation. Gispert, writes Edwin Stirman in Art in America, “aims for a new kind of baroque drama and satire by contrasting beauty and grotesquerie.” This evening, Gispert will provide an overview of this work in all mediums, including his 2008 film, Smother, and the multi-channel portrait, Réne (2008). Set in 1980s Miami, Smother follows the adolescent Waylon, boombox in tow, on a kaleidoscopic and macabre journey out of his overbearing mother’s clutches into a magical-realist nightmare world of his own making. Réne is an intimate, inventive study of family friend and Cuban émigré Réne as he goes about his daily routine in Miami Florida. Co-presented by Parlor Room, a visiting artist and lecture series created, run, budgeted and curated by graduate students in SAIC’s Photography Department.