THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART APPOINTS BEVERLY ADAMS AS THE NEW ESTRELLITA BRODSKY CURATOR OF LATIN AMERICAN ART
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) announces the appointment of Beverly Adams as the new Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art. The endowed curatorial position was created in 2006 in order to help shape the Museum’s collection and exhibition activities. Adams’s responsibilities will include the installation of collection galleries, the development of special exhibitions and catalogues, and participating in the Museum’s acquisitions and research programs for Latin American art. She will join the Museum in the Department of Painting and Sculpture on September 1, 2019.
For his first US solo exhibition at Interstate, Ignacio Gatica (b. 1988, Santiago, Chile) presents «TANSTAAFL: There’s no such thing as a free lunch», a new series of work that maps out distinct forms of technology and quotidian interfaces throughout the gallery space.
In her book «Eruptions of Memory» (2018) the French-Chilean theorist Nelly Richard writes about a ‘completed past’ as opposed to a ‘past being completed’, one which is continually being interpreted in new ways and is thus able to withstand rigid standpoints and apathy in the present. On the basis of this idea «Rivers flow out of my eyes» provides a context for a broad range of reflections on periods of political repression and violence. A merely critical and investigative approach is avoided here. Instead the selected works show an emphatic use of ambiguity, fiction, humor, absurdity and poetic images.
«Extra-Planetary Commitment» is not so much about space flight as it is about the freedom of imagination to critique current establishments and political practices as well as our contemporary daily life. Technology is already redefining the human body and our relationship to nature. Artworks compare the pictorial space of the imaginary with the sculptural conditions of material reality. While imagination can expand into worlds free of gravitation and time, sculptural materiality gives way to a non-human agency.
«Terra Preta» presents the work of three Mexican artists to consider the sacredness of fertile soil and the relevance of ancient wisdom. Through depictions of Mesoamerican mythology and deity representation, the examination of the rituals and sageness of our precursors, and the construction of an underground imaginary, the exhibition aims to approach the intricate legacy of prosperity within black earth.
Working in sculpture, printmaking, photography, and installation, Mariana Castillo Deball (b. 1975, Mexico City, Mexico) examines how knowledge and cultural heritage are produced, organized, measured, and authenticated. Her works often take inspiration from Mesoamerican iconography and narratives, considering their early-colonial transformations and their presence in Central America today. The title of her New Museum exhibition, «Finding Oneself Outside», offers a possible description of a sensation that is central to both the study of history and the experience of encountering an unfamiliar culture.