“A Change of Lens”
The MAP exhibition Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, on view now at the Guggenheim, showcases the work of two generations of artists from across the region. As curator Pablo León de la Barra notes in the video above, “The basic idea for the title comes from thinking about this common ground that could be shared between all these countries that are very different.” This video offers a taste of the show, with MAP artists sharing thoughts on the works on view: Amalia Pica talks about how her work A ∩ B ∩ C (2013) brings human bodies and performance together with mathematical principles; Carlos Amorales discusses the ways museum visitors interact with his work We’ll See How Everything Reverberates (Ya veremos como todo reverbera, 2012), and his interest in “how people behave publicly”; and Jonathas de Andrade gives some background on his installation Posters for the Museum of the Man of the Northeast (Cartazes para o Museu do Homem do Nordeste, 2013). Overall, as León de la Barra describes it, the show represents “a kind of change of lens . . . taking art as a learning tool to create a wider dialogue, not only within New York, but elsewhere within the continent and beyond.”
View a cross section of Latin America’s rich and varied cinematic works in the series Tropical Uncanny: Latin American Tropes and Mythologies at the Guggenheim’s New Media Theater starting Friday, August 8. The series, developed to accompany Under the Same Sun, and running through September 26, features a mix of fiction, documentary, and experimental films, many of which have had little exposure in the United States, and some of which—including Pablo Stoll’s Hiroshima (2009)—will make their New York City debut at the Guggenheim. As the series’ curator, Carlos Guttiérez, noted in a blog post earlier this week, Latin American cinema has “gone through an impressive revitalization and renaissance” in the last two decades; this series represents a rare chance to partake of its diverse offerings.
Visit No Country Online
The MAP exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia closed this month after a successful ten-week run at Singapore’s Centre for Contemporary Art. However, in a sense the show will be extended here online, as we continue to share information, videos, and more on MAP’s artists from South and Southeast Asia. Be sure to check the MAP website and the MAP Navigator for further updates.
On Our Radar
- This is the last chance to see Unity of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas. The exhibition, presented by the Americas Society in New York City, closes tomorrow, July 26. Unity of Nature focuses on Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859), the Prussian scientist, explorer, and author renowned for his expeditions through the Americas. Included are paintings, drawings, rare first-edition publications, letters, maps, and scientific instruments.
- Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture is on view at New York’s Bard Graduate Center Gallery through August 10. Through drawings, ceramics, furniture, textiles, and other materials, the exhibition looks at the interweaving of culture and nature in Colombia.
- MAP artists Ho Tzu Nyen and Wong Hoy Cheong are included in Mapping Asia, on view through August 29 at Hong Kong’s Asia Art Archive. The exhibition uses artifacts from the archive’s collection to revisit the idea of how the region is mapped.