The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the appointment of Vanessa Davidson as its new curator of Latin American art. She was previously the Shawn and Joe Lampe Curator of Latin American Art at Phoenix Art Museum. Davidson succeeds Beverly Adams, who was named the Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art at the Museum of Modern Art this spring.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Aimé Iglesias Lukin is an art historian and curator based in New York since 2011. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at Rutgers University specializing in modern and contemporary Latin American Art. «I am honored to join the Americas Society and look forward to working toward a Visual Arts Program that will expand audiences, highlight the rich cultural production of the region, and promote dialogue in the Americas,» said Iglesias Lukin.
Employing absurdist satire to address critical issues of our time, Mika Rottenberg (b. 1976, Buenos Aires, Argentina) creates videos and installations that offer subversive allegories for contemporary life. Her works interweave documentary elements and fiction, and often feature protagonists who work in factory-like settings, manufacturing goods ranging from cultured pearls («NoNoseKnows», 2015) to the millions of brightly colored plastic wholesale items sold in Chinese superstores («Cosmic Generator», 2017). The New Museum presents Rottenberg’s first New York solo museum exhibition, «Easypieces», which premieres a new video installation, «Spaghetti Blockchain» (2019), alongside several of her recent video installations and kinetic sculptures.
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Miami) presents the first solo US museum exhibition for Paulo Nazareth (b. 1977). «Melee» spans Nazareth’s work across mediums, including monumental and ephemeral sculpture, photography, video, and installations. Drawing on his Afro-Brazilian and Indigenous heritages, Nazareth brings the histories of marginalized groups into focus in an exhibition that is relevant to both the global and local Brazilian diaspora, while speaking to broad political conversations on issues of injustice and oppression.
“The story of Cross Currents in many ways reflects recent changes to the social and political landscapes in the United States and Cuba. When it was first proposed in 2016 by the National Museum of Mexican Art, the exchange embodied a moment of excitement and renewed openness. Relations have since chilled: the US Embassy in Cuba has closed, a new administration in Washington is intent on hardening borders, and in Cuba, Decreto 349 subjects artists to new forms of censorship and governmental regulation. The original mandate of opening artistic dialogue remains essential, now more than ever.”
«Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox», an exhibition on view at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), looks at the legacy of European colonialism in the Caribbean through the work of ten contemporary artists. Whether connected to the Caribbean by birth or focused on the region by choice, the exhibiting artists use their work as a means of examining the relationship between the power structure, those who are controlled by it, those who benefit from it, and those who actively seek to liberate themselves from it. With roots in a variety of Caribbean countries including the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico, participating artists are Firelei Báez, Leonardo Benzant, Andrea Chung, Adler Guerrier, Lucia Hierro, Lavar Munroe, Angel Otero, Ebony G. Patterson, Phillip Thomas, and Didier William.