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Brazil in Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America

Feb 18

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This week’s collection of nine documents relates to Brazilian artists Carmela Gross (b. 1946), Regina Silveira (b. 1939), and Tunga (b. 1952). In this group, there is an interview relating to Gross’s earlier works titled “Carmela, projeto para novo céu” [“Carmela, project for new sky], conducted by journalist Miguel de Almeida for the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo (Dec. 13, 1981). In this interview, the artist discusses her celebrated work Projeto para a Construção de Um Céu [Project for the Construction of a New Sky] (1980–81), a series of 33 drawings in ink and graphite. There are also four texts by Silveira discussing her works from the 1980s and early 1990s, and a critical essay by historian Walter Zanini (1925–2013) on the artist’s work process. Additionally, there are three essays on Tunga’s work relating to the artist’s activities during the 1970s: “Transparência do Desejo” [Transparency of Desire], by historian Ronaldo Brito; “Os obscuros ojetos do prazer” [The obscure objects of pleasure], by Wilson Coutinho; and “Tunga: os outros nomes do zero ou as metonímias do um” [Tunga: the other names for zero or the metonymies of one], by Magno, M. D.

Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America brings together major works by 21 artists who have made significant contributions to the global art scene within the past thirty years. Developing cutting-edge techniques and daring proposals, the artists intertwine aesthetic refinement with biting critiques of timely issues grounded in Latin American social and political realities. The works, most of which are from the Museum’s permanent collection, employ conceptual, sensory-based, and interactive strategies that elicit the viewer’s active participation. Artists include Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Johanna Calle (Colombia), Yoan Capote (Cuba), María Fernanda Cardoso (Colombia), Los Carpinteros (Cuba), José Gabriel Fernández (Venezuela), Magdalena Fernández (Venezuela), Víctor Grippo (Argentina), Carmela Gross (Brazil), Guillermo Kuitca (Argentina), Grupo Mondongo (Argentina), Óscar Muñoz (Colombia), Roberto Obregón (Venezuela), Gabriel Orozco (Mexico), José Alejandro Restrepo (Colombia), Miguel Ángel Ríos (Argentina), Miguel Ángel Rojas (Colombia), Teresa Serrano (Mexico), Regina Silveira (Brazil), Javier Téllez (Venezuela), and Tunga (Brazil). The exhibition is organized by Mari Carmen Ramírez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Rachel Mohl, Curatorial Assistant. It runs November 22, 2015 to February 28, 2016 at the Caroline Wiess Law Building Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries at MFAH.

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