José Roca Lecture on Artist Oscar Muñoz at the University of the Arts


José Roca, the artistic director and chief curator of Philagrafika 2010, will lecture on the work of Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 in the CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall, 320 South Broad Street. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Roca will introduce his expanded notion of the print that will inform the theme of Philagrafika 2010 with his lecture on the work of Oscar Muñoz. Roca recently curated a solo exhibition of Munoz’ work, entitled Imprints for a Fleeting Memorial, which will open in January 2008 at the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art in Toronto, Canada and will travel to three other venues in North America thereafter.


José Roca describes Muñoz’s work as “printmaking in an expanded field”, using traditionally-inspired printmaking techniques on unlikely surfaces. The results are unique and often ethereal—silkscreen on water, airbrush drawings on wet plastic, or using a cigarette as a stamp—the artist burned holes creating a half-tone image. Muñoz’s grease images printed on mirror don’t reveal themselves until the viewer’s own breath fogs the image.

Philagrafika 2010 will be the premier of an international festival of the printed image scheduled to take place in Philadelphia from January to April 2010. As Artistic Director, Mr. Roca has said, “We want to expand on the narrow understanding of the print as such, and think of it rather as a practice that has ramifications into sculpture, performance, events and even into more traditional media such as painting and photography.”

For more information about Philagrafika 2010, please visit the Philagrafika 2010 page or email

(Image one: José Roca, Phantasmagoria)
(Image two: Oscar Muñoz, Narcisos, 2005, Screen print on water)
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