Guggenheim UBS MAP

On the MAP: Curating the World, Hearing from Pablo León de la Barra, and Learning More about MAP Artists

Communists Like Us, 2006–10. Black-and-white video, with sound, 23 min., 5 sec., edition 2/5. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund 2012.163 © The Otolith Group

Communists Like Us, 2006–10. Black-and-white video, with sound, 23 min., 5 sec., edition 2/5. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund 2012.163 © The Otolith Group

Curators Share a Global Vision

Global initiatives such as MAP have an ever-growing presence within cultural exchange. Next month, the Guggenheim Museum in New York will present a rare opportunity to hear curators at the helm of such projects talk about their ideas. Held in conjunction with Asian Contemporary Art Week 2014, the panel discussion “Urgency and Relevance: A Curatorial Perspective” will be moderated by the Guggenheim’s Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, Alexandra Munroe, and will include MAP’s curator for Latin America, Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim curators Thomas Berghuis, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art, and Reem Fadda, Associate Curator, Middle Eastern Art, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project, as well as distinguished curators from other leading institutions. The panel takes place on March 11 at 6:30 pm; tickets are $12, $8 for members, and free for students with RSVP.

Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America. Photo: Diego Mateos / Excelsior

Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America. Photo: Diego Mateos / Excelsior

And Now a Word from Pablo León de la Barra

Pablo León de la Barra has been lending his voice to many significant conversations lately. Earlier this month, at Mexico City’s Zona Maco Contemporary Art Fair, the MAP curator participated in a panel discussion on curatorial strategies. And just last week, he joined two discussions as part of ARCO Madrid 2014: in ArtReview’s panel “Brazil: Being Local, Becoming Global,” León de la Barra and colleagues examined the current state of contemporary art in Brazil; and, in one of the Davidoff Art Dialogues, together with other leading curators in the field, he spoke on the topic of international arts organizations’ engagement with Latin America. There are more opportunities to hear León de la Barra in the coming month—on March 4, he will reflect on his travels and present his findings in a talk hosted by Independent Curators International in New York, and on March 21 he will appear at Art Lima, where he will participate in a colloquium entitled, “Talking about Fairs and Museums.”

Tayeba Begum Lipi installing<i> I Wed Myself</i>, 2010, two-channel color video projection, with sound, 3 min., 2 sec. Installation view: Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, Osmani Memorial Hall, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2010. Photo: Mahbubur Rahman

Tayeba Begum Lipi installing I Wed Myself, 2010, two-channel color video projection, with sound, 3 min., 2 sec. Installation view: Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, Osmani Memorial Hall, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2010. Photo: Mahbubur Rahman

A Web Destination for MAP Artists

Want to learn more about MAP artists? You can see their work and hear their stories on MAP’s Artist Pages. This rich online hub includes bios, interviews, artworks, videos about and by the artists, and many other resources. Visit the site in the coming weeks to see a fascinating Q&A with with Indonesian artist Reza Asfina, and keep an eye out for two videos that offer a profile of the Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich, and new photos of Singapore-based artist Ho Tzu Nyen.

On Our Radar

  • A free screening of four films by MAP artist Amar Kanwar is being held March 6 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Shown as part of the FD Zone Delhi festival, the films raise questions about state violence, resistance, and the ways those issues figure in collective and individual memory.
  • A symposium entitled “Collecting Geographies—Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art,” takes place March 13–15 at the Stedelijk Museum. Offering more than 80 lectures, the symposium looks at the role and history of arts institutions in the context of globalization. Among the participants will be the Guggenheim’s Thomas Berghuis, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art.
  • This year’s Global Art Forum, which takes place in Doha (March 15–16) and Dubai (March 19–21) is titled “Meanwhile . . . History,” and aims to reflect on turning points in global consciousness.
  • The 12th Bienal de Cuenca presents a range of contemporary art in locations around the Ecuadorian city from March 28–June 27.