Guggenheim UBS MAP

On the MAP: Latin America at the Guggenheim, New Programs in Singapore, and a Community-Minded Forum

Wilfredo Prieto, Walk, 2000. Plant, soil, chromogenic print, and wheelbarrow, overall dimensions variable. A.P. 1/1. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund 2014.47. Courtesy the artist and NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona/Madrid

Wilfredo Prieto, Walk, 2000. Plant, soil, chromogenic print, and wheelbarrow, overall dimensions variable. A.P. 1/1. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund 2014.47. Courtesy the artist and NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona/Madrid

Beyond Boundaries

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, the second of Guggenheim UBS MAP’s three exhibitions, opens June 13 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Featuring nearly 50 works including paintings, photographs, sculptures, and videos, the exhibition investigates creative responses by 37 artists and collectives from 16 countries to economic, historical, political, and social factors. “The Guggenheim UBS MAP Initiative gives us the opportunity to redraw cultural and artistic maps, to remove boundaries, and to create new relationships between different artistic centers,” says Pablo León de la Barra, MAP’s curator for Latin America. “The term peripheries no longer applies; we’ve learned to recognize that what’s happening elsewhere is as important as what’s happening in what used to be the centers.” Join us at the Guggenheim for this groundbreaking new exhibition; and meanwhile, view our Dispatches blog series, León de la Barra’s personal chronicle of his research travel throughout Latin America.

Sheela Gowda, Loss, 2008. Inkjet print, 23 5/8 × 44 7/8 inches (60 × 114 cm), unique. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund, 2013, 2013.5.1. © Sheela Gowda

Sheela Gowda, Loss, 2008. Inkjet print, 23 5/8 × 44 7/8 inches (60 × 114 cm), unique. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund, 2013, 2013.5.1. © Sheela Gowda

New Events for No Country

No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia is opening at Singapore’s CCA—NTU Centre for Contemporary Art on May 10; in its new venue, the MAP exhibition is presenting a host of new public programs. Offering a closer examination of regional cultural mappings and imaginings, No Country’s slate of events at CCA features artists’ and curators’ talks, a forum, and a performance. Engaging programs include talks on May 10 given by MAP artists Sheela Gowda, Navin Rawanchaikul, and Norberto Roldan; a lecture on June 14 by film scholar Ashish Rajadhyaksha; and a curators’ talk with Zoe Butt and MAP’s June Yap on July 11.

Participants in "Come Together." From left to right: Pablo Helguera, Stevphen Shukaitis, and Lauren Groff. Photos: Elena Snow, Stevphen Shukaitis, Lucy Schaeffer.

Participants in “Come Together.” From left to right: Pablo Helguera, Stevphen Shukaitis, and Lauren Groff. Photos: Elena Snow, Stevphen Shukaitis, Lucy Schaeffer.

All Together Now

Earlier this month, Guggenheim Forum hosted another lively online discussion, this time focused on community—a topic inspired by MAP’s forthcoming exhibition Under the Same Sun: Contemporary Art from Latin America Today. For “Come Together,” moderator Daniel Tucker brought together panelists and participants to investigate the disparate forces that shape community today. As Tucker notes in his wrap-up of the five-day conversation, “The key concepts I tried to introduce were: constituting community; dreaming of community; and the scale of community.” Panelists Lauren Groff, Pablo Helguera, and Stevphen Shukaitis probed these concepts and responded to those who joined our live chat. The questions that were raised—for instance, how is a network different from a community?—had echoes in the collaborative, interactive format of the discussion itself.

On Our Radar

  • The second Bienal de Fotografía de Lima, May 1–July 27, examines photography in Peru through a series of exhibitions grouped under the theme “Transformations.”
  • Art Basel in Hong Kong, May 15–18, features talks and book signings, and will showcase the work of more than 2,000 artists from Asia and around the world. On May 23, don’t miss “Two Decades of Indonesian Contemporary Art,” a panel discussion that includes MAP artist Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo.
  • This year marks the twenty-third edition of ArteBA, an art fair dedicated largely to work from Latin America. Held in Buenos Aires, the fair is open to the public May 23–26, and features Open Forum, a series of public talks on curating and collecting.
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