Guggenheim UBS MAP

On the MAP: Compelling Programs, Positive Press, and a New Video Series

Iván Navarro, Homeless Lamp, the Juice Sucker, 2004–05. Fluorescent lamps, wheels, and color video, with sound, 4 min., 31 sec., sculpture: 116.8 × 172.7 × 72.4 cm, edition 3/3. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund and partial gift of the artist 2014.42 © Iván Navarro

Iván Navarro, Homeless Lamp, the Juice Sucker, 2004–05. Fluorescent lamps, wheels, and color video, with sound, 4 min., 31 sec., sculpture: 116.8 × 172.7 × 72.4 cm, edition 3/3. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund and partial gift of the artist 2014.42 © Iván Navarro

Unique Programs for Under the Same Sun

The MAP exhibition Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today debuts next month at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and we’re already looking forward to the intriguing programs slated to accompany the show. Highlights include the in-gallery series Siesta Talks: Art in the Afternoon, which includes a presentation by exhibition artist Iván Navarro on June 25; “On the Future of Art by Pablo Helguera,” a performance-lecture by artist and writer Helguera (June 18); and a conversation about personhood and public engagement in art between acclaimed artist Karen Finley and interdisciplinary exhibition artist Tania Bruguera (July 22). Also not to be missed: MAP curator Pablo Léon de la Barra will present a focused tour of the exhibition June 20—a tour he will also offer in Spanish on August 8; and July 18, Joanna Phillips, Conservator, Time-based Media, will give a tour offering a her perspective on the works’ issues of conservation. Join us for these and other compelling MAP events—including a wealth of family-friendly programs—this summer.

Installation view of No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, the inaugural touring exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore, a national research centre of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), May 10, 2014–July 20, 2014. Courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore

Installation view of No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, the inaugural touring exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore, a national research centre of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), May 10, 2014–July 20, 2014. Courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore

News for No Country

No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia opened earlier this month in its final venue, Singapore’s Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), and it has garnered a wealth of positive coverage by the press. I-S ran an in-depth interview with the exhibition’s curator, June Yap, in which she discussed her effort to “challenge the idea of representing ourselves to people outside of the region” while “trying to understand each other within the region.” MSN noted that the exhibition doesn’t feature the “usual fare from the Western art world,” and pointed out that it is “a homecoming of sorts” for the Singaporean Yap. And Alexandra Munroe, the Guggenheim’s Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, spoke to Bloomberg TV about her work with MAP, describing Yap’s “extraordinary achievement” in creating No Country. Answering questions about the response of the New York art world to art from Asia, she emphasized the need for a greater focus on context when examining art from around the globe.

Behind the Scenes in Singapore

Speaking of context, Munroe herself takes a fascinating tour of Singapore in one of a new series of videos that provides background on No Country and its current home. Along with MAP artist Ho Tzu Nyen, the curator strolls around the city, learning from him about its history and present-day culture. Says Nyen in the video, “We see manifestations of art everywhere [in Singapore] . . . in a way, I think the Singaporean culture and everyday life is in itself a certain form of aesthetics.” View the other videos in this series to get an inside look at No Country’s educational programs at CCA, and to learn more about the artists and artworks featured in the exhibition.

On Our Radar

  • Under the Same Sun is in good company in New York City, where the summer will see a wealth of exhibitions and events focused on Latin American art. Beyond the Supersquare, an exhibition exploring the impact of Latin American and Carribean modernist architecture on contemporary art, opened earlier this month at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and runs through January 11, 2015; on June 20, the museum is holding a saraua festive event in the Brazilian modernist tradition, organized by artist Nicolau Vergueiro and featuring music and video art screenings. Through August 17, the “residency-exhibition” Entre Fronteras: An Architectural Intervention at the Queens Museum centers around the work of two Cuban architects, Yoandy Rizo Fiallo and Osmany Abel García Fuentes, who are transforming one gallery into a Havana-style courtyard. At the International Center for Photography (ICP), through September 7, Urbes Mutantes: Latin American Photography 1944–2013 surveys photographic movements in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela; also at ICP, through September 7, is a retrospective of work by Caio Reisewitz, one of Brazil’s premier contemporary photographers.
  • The Bahia Biennial, hosted by the Brazilian state of Bahia, opened yesterday, and runs for 100 days. The third edition of the biennial—which was last presented in 1968—is titled, Is It All the Northeast?
  • On view through June 14 at The Kitchen in New York, the exhibition Common Spaces, which includes work by MAP artist Bani Abidi, investigates the idea of “the commons” and features works that delve into present-day approaches to space.
  • The Berlin Biennale, which opened yesterday and runs through August 3, explores the relationship between larger historical narratives and the stories of individual lives. Included in the exhibition are MAP artists Bani Abidi, Carlos Amorales, Mariana Castillo Deball, Shilpa Gupta, Mario Garcia Torres, and Carla Zaccagnini.
  • On view now and running through April 15, 2015, the Singapore Art Museum’s exhibition Medium at Large delves into the concept of “medium” in contemporary art, and includes work by The Artist Village (founded by MAP artist Tang Da Wu) and MAP artists Tran Luong, Sopheap Pich, Wong Hoy Cheong, and Ho Tzu Nyen.