Latin Art Stars at the Guggenheim
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is one of the worlds foremost institutions dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art. From June 13 through October 1, 2014, the museum will present the exhibition Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today. The exhibition features approximately 50 works including installations, mixed-media works, paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, and works on paper from all over Latin America. The exhibition is a clear signal that Latin American contemporary art is now firmly established on the world stage.
Organized by curator Pablo León de la Barra, the exhibition features contemporary works by 40 artists and collaborative duos representing 15 countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico (United States), Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Demonstrating that Latin America cannot be reduced to a single, homogeneous entity, Under the Same Sun examines the diversity of recent creative responses to shared realities molded by colonial and modern history, repressive governmental policy, economic crisis, and social inequality, as well as by periods of economic development and social progress.
“Under the Same Sun might be understood as an attempt to redraw cultural and artistic maps within the Americas, to remove boundaries, and to create new relationships among different artistic centers,” León de la Barra stated. “Despite the contradictions and conflicts in our histories, both colonial and modern, and despite the specificities that must be recognized and honored, we truly all live under the same sun, and must learn to acknowledge that what’s happening elsewhere is as important as what’s happening immediately around us.”
The exhibition presents recent art that addresses the past and present of this subtle and complex situation, and which explores possible alternative futures. The works are organized within six themes:
- Abstraction addresses the rational, geometrical visual language that came to prominence after the Second World War and is today filtered through contemporary concerns.
- Conceptualism includes works by pioneering Latin American Conceptualists who were active in the U.S. during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, many of whom are still working today. The forms of engagement they advanced continue to be investigated by younger artists.
- Modernities questions the disjunction between modernity’s ideals and its imperfect realities, and includes work by artists dealing with the legacy of modernism today.
- Participation/Emancipation invites mental or physical participation on the part of the visitor, allowing him or her to become an active part of the artwork.
- Political Activism addresses the social and political contexts in which art is created and confronts the ways in which Latin American artists have turned their practices into forms of dissent, protesting against foreign political and economic influences, dictatorial political regimes, and the violence of the drug trade.
- The Tropical acknowledges the effects that location and nature (including climate) have on cultural production, but presents the argument that being “tropical” is ultimately a question of attitude that transcends such concerns.
The artists in the exhibition are:
Guillermo Calzadilla (Cuba)
Carlos Amorales (Mexico)
Armando Andrade Tudela (Peru)
Alexander Apóstol (Venezuela)
Tania Bruguera (Cuba)
Luis Camnitzer (Germany)
Mariana Castillo Deball (Mexico)
Alejandro Cesarco (Uruguay)
Donna Conlon (US)
Jonathan Harker (Ecuador)
Adriano Costa (Brazil)
Minerva Cuevas (Mexico)
Jonathas de Andrade (Brazil)
Wilson Díaz (Colombia)
Juan Downey (Chile)
Rafael Ferrer (Puerto Rico)
Regina José Galindo (Guatemala)
Mario García Torres (Mexico)
Dominique González-Foerster (Brazil)
Tamar Guimarães (Brazil)
Federico Herrero (Costa Rica)
Claudia Joskowicz (Bolivia)
Runo Lagomarsino (Brazil)
David Lamelas (Argentina)
Gilda Mantilla (US)
Raimond Chaves (Peru)
Marta Minujín (Argentina)
Carlos Motta (Colombia)
Iván Navarro (Chile)
Rivane Neuenschwander (Brazil)
Gabriel Orozco (Mexico)
Amalia Pica (Argentina)
Wilfredo Prieto (Cuba)
Paul Ramírez Jonas (US)
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (Puerto Rico)
Gabriel Sierra (Colombia)
Javier Téllez (Venezuela)
Erika Verzutti (Brazil)
Carla Zaccagnini (Argentina)
EXHIBITION: Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today
VENUE Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
LOCATION: Annex Levels 2 and 4; Monitor 4; Thannhauser 4; and the New Media Theater
DATES: June 13–October 1, 2014