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November 29, 2023 at Grand Hall, Rice University

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About the Project

Jorge Luis Borges came to Texas in 1961 as a visiting professor for UT Austin, where he developed a deep affection for the state. Texas, in turn, embraced that affection and holds it unchanged to this day.

In 2023 and on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first publication of Jorge Luis Borges, Fervor de Buenos Aires, Casa Cultural de las Americas pays tribute to the great universal writer at Rice University, Houston, Texas.

The Honorific Bust

CCA will present a 2.5-feet bust of Borges, cast in bronze and made by the renowned Argentine sculptor Carlos Benavídez. The bust will later be donated to the Houston Public Library where it will be exhibited in the Julia Ideson Building.

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The Art Exhibition

Smaller-scaled replicas of the bust intervened by specially selected Texas artists will be exhibited and offered for sale during the day of the event. These three-dimensional, exclusive collectible works, made from the figure of Borges, will reflect the view of our contemporary artists on the infinite Borgean universe, creating an intimate bond between literature and visual arts.

Participating Artists

Sandra De La Rosa

Silvia Felizia

Miguel Angel Avila

Marina Fernandez

Marie Casamayor

Sarah Sudhoff

Michelle Matamoros

Graciela Socorro

Caroline Ryan

Cassie Moonwick

Nohelia Vargas

Pablo Bobbio

Armando Rodriguez Robledo 

Ernesto Leon

Geraldina Wise

Andres Bardon

Roberta Harris

More content to come

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The Conference

The tribute to Jorge Luis Borges will also feature a panel of experts in the writer's work and ideas. We will have the presence of professionals from the University of Texas at Austin and the Jorge Luis Borges International Foundation of Buenos Aires.

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Gwendolyn Diaz-Ridgeway, Ph. D

Author

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Daniel Bonevac, Ph. D

The University of Texas at Austin

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Nicolas Shumway

Rice University

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Fernando Flores Maio

Jorge Luis Borges International Foundation

Sponsors & Patrons

"Borges and Texas,” the tribute that Casa Cultural de las Americas pays in Houston to the great author Jorge Luis Borges, is possible thanks to the support and collaboration of people and companies committed to our culture and interested in keeping alive the memory and work of our most important artistic references.

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