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ICAA Highlights for January 2017

Jan 11

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During this month, the ICAA celebrates several anniversaries of important milestones in Latin American art:

150th anniversary of the birth of the Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío [Félix Rubén García Sarmiento] (1867–1916), on the 18th of January. Dario is considered the father of the 19th-century Spanish-American literary movement known as Modernism, a Parnassian trend that at one point was perceived as regressive by younger avant-garde artists. Dario influenced multiple artists through his writings and, in some occasions, artists illustrated his work.  Mexicans such as Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Roberto Montenegro, Ángel Zárraga, Diego Rivera, and Dr. Atl were among those artists. These collaborations took place while these artists were studying and living in Paris (ICAA Record ID 737617). For more information about Rubén Darío, visit our ICAA shared collection.

80th anniversary of Congreso Nacional de Escritores y Artistas [National Conference of Writers and Artists] which opened at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico, on January 17, 1937 (ICAA Record ID 779395). The conference was organized by LEAR, the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios [League of Revolutionary Writers and Artists] that included not only artists but also a large number of international cultural figures and representatives of international organizations. The Congreso’s plan for action included: holding a continental conference; promoting the Frente único [single front] publication; establishing a Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Intelectuales [Union of Intellectual Workers]; and also establishing a Centro para los Trabajadores Intelectuales [Center for Intellectual Workers] that would be supported by governmental funding. For more information about LEAR and this conference please visit our shared collection.

60th anniversary of the opening of the exhibition Pintores de la Isla, sponsored by the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña [Puerto Rican Culture Institute] and held at the Riverside Museum in New York on the 7th of January, 1957 (ICAA Record ID 854518). This display was aimed at promoting Puerto Rican art in the United States. The Puerto Rican delegation featured ten artists from the island: Julio Rosado del Valle, Carlos Raquel Rivera, Lorenzo Homar, Rafael Tufiño, Epifanio Irizarry, Eduardo Vera, Luis Cajigas, Félix Bonilla, Samuel Sánchez, and Manuel Hernández. The show displayed over a hundred of their paintings and was reviewed by recognized periodicals such as the New York Times, the New York Tribune, the New York Sunday News, and the New Yorker. For more information about this important exhibition visit our shared collection.

Commemorating Liliana Porter, an exhibition held at Los Petules, Veracruz, Mexico (January 21–February 20, 1960) (ICAA Record ID 772670). This was one of the earliest solo exhibitions that Porter presented while she was living in Mexico City. Porter was born in Buenos Aires in 1941, studied art at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Manuel Belgrano [National School of Fine Arts] and, in 1958, moved to Mexico City. There she enrolled at the Universidad Iberoamericana, taking classes from famous artists, such as Mathias Goeritz (1915–90), and specializing in printmaking with Guillermo Silva Santamaría. In 1964, Porter moved to New York City to join forces with Luis Camnitzer and José Guillermo Castillo through the New York Graphic Workshop (NYGW, 1964–65), a space that held classes and printed the work of other artists. It was also a place where artists gathered to discuss printmaking and its role in contemporary society, which led to a variety of group projects.  For more information about Liliana Porter please visit our shared collection.

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