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The moving image in Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America.

Feb 24

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Contextualizing the work of Magdalena Fernández, José Alejandro Restrepo, Miguel Ángel Ríos, Miguel Ángel Rojas, and Teresa Serrano through 25 documents selected from the Digital Archives.

This week, as Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America ends, we turn our attention to the power of the moving image and artists from Latin America who express themselves through the medium. 2iPMOO9, by Magdalena Fernández (b. 1964), transforms a moving line with light and sound into a virtual installation that recreates a rainy night sky. José Alejandro Restrepo (b. 1959) constructs an immersive environment through moving images that challenges ideas of place and history in Paso del Quindío I. Miguel Ángel Ríos (b. 1943) generates symbolic narratives within a spectacle of violence and explosions in Mecha. Focusing on blood-stained pavement, Miguel Ángel Rojas (b. 1946) provokes the viewer to connect the narrative dots in Borde de pánico, while, in his Caquetá, the focus is on a soldier who works determinedly to wash away his identity.  With a display of abuse that references the women of Ciudad Juarez, Teresa Serrano (b. 1936) recues victims from anonymity with La piñata. To understand the moving images from the exhibition further, we direct you to 25 selected documents that highlight these artists and underscore their place within a Latin American context.

Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America brought 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. The exhibition was held from November 22, 2015 to February 28, 2016 at the Caroline Wiess Law Building Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries at MFAH.

We will continue to announce the availability of additional rare manuscripts, unpublished texts, and essential reference materials that give further insight into artists participating in MFAH exhibitions. All are available at the ICAA Documents Project website. Users may view all our shared document collections free of charge by accessing the digital archive website.

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