JOSÉ DE JESÚS RODRÍGUEZ AND ESTEBAN RAMÓN PÉREZ: SOBRE LAS OLAS
What Jose and Esteban show is that this in-betweenness is useful, both aesthetically and elsewhere. It is the place of nepantla—that generative space between here and there, between abstraction and figuration, between the parts and the whole. Their work is all about showing us what should have been clear all along—the ties that bind us, the way that seemingly incongruous things fit together.
OPEN WOUND. THE MOURNING OF HERNÁN PARADA
Seeing the exhibition, Hernán assures he is moved. He had never seen the material gathered. He further says the image he has of his brother has not changed over time. Within his family they continue to remember him constantly, and in light of events, it seems that Hernán Parada’s work is not only open but is also a way of mourning. “Obrabierta is not closed until Alejandro reappears,” he says firmly.
In a moment when cryptocurrency has swiftly become a global phenomenon, this exhibition considers the ways in which dematerialized currency and the ostensible abstraction of value still have tangible impacts. Requiring access to the internet, smart devices, and various software and hardware, the digitization of finance is presented as a seamless, worldwide network, but it in fact has roots in both Wall Street and Silicon Valley.
EVERY MOMENT COUNTS–AIDS AND ITS FEELINGS
“Every Moment Counts—AIDS and its Feelings” brings together 60 international artists and over 200 works. The exhibition will reestablish the discussion on the complex historical as well as contemporary representations of HIV/AIDS. With works by Feliciano Centurión, Elmgreen & Dragset, Pepe Espaliú, General Idea, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Barbara Hammer, Keith Haring, Hudinilson Jr., Peter Hujar, Zoe Leonard, Robert Mapplethorpe, Liliana Maresca, and David Wojnarowicz, among many others.
ROLANDO PEÑA: A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE
Born in Venezuela in 1942, Rolando Peña, a.k.a El Príncipe Negro, contributed to the definition of contemporary Latin American art in the 1960s and the 1970s, when living in New York. An artist who delves in various art media, Peña also made creative use of photomaton photography early in his career. His first exhibition at Artmedia Gallery in Miami focuses in that period still in force until today.
CELIA VASQUEZ YUI: THE COUNCIL OF THE MOTHER SPIRITS OF THE ANIMALS
Celia Vasquez Yui (Pucallpa, Peru, 1960) creates hand-formed ceramic vessels and zoomorphic sculptures that allude to a spiritual understanding of ecology, according to which a feature of all beings includes a mother spirit. Therefore, the compilation of a bestiary is not just a compendium of endangered species or a cry against their vanishing, but rather an invocation of their spirits, a call for them to come and hold space and perhaps confront the human gaze.
ABRAHAM PALATNIK: SEISMOGRAPH OF COLOR
Nara Roesler presents the first retrospective of Brazilian artist Abraham Palatnik (1928-2020) in New York. Curated by Luis Pérez-Oramas, it presents a selection of works that reveal Palatnik’s fundamental role in Brazilian art in the second half of the twentieth century. It also highlights the relevance and pioneer character of his production in conceptualizing works of visual art as force fields, mediums of energy, and vectors of chromatic dynamism.
FIRST US RETROSPECTIVE IN 40 YEARS DEDICATED TO SOPHIE TAEUBER-ARP
Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889–1943) was one of the most multitalented of modern artists, creating profoundly innovative work across many disciplines. This exhibition traces her career’s trajectory: from applied arts teacher, participant in the Dada movement, and maker of textiles and objects; to designer of murals, stained glass windows, furniture, interiors, and buildings; to painter-sculptor, magazine editor, and early champion of geometric abstraction.
WHO WILL WRITE THE HISTORY OF TEARS. ARTISTS ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS
The battle for women’s rights is being waged all over the world, and is linked with transformations underway in contemporary societies. The exhibition present works relating experiences of women from Argentina, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United States, from countries that have become the site of mass protests and heated public debate. These debates have largely—but not immediately—led to recognition of women’s full reproductive rights.
On view December 2 – 12, 2021, in the Collection Teaching Gallery at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, the exhibition combines drawing, textile, and sculptural works with materials from Centurión’s archives, many of which have not been previously published or shown in a public exhibition. These materials provide a multifaceted perspective on Feliciano Centurión’s studio practice, as well as his relationships with other artists and thinkers working in Buenos Aires and Asunción in the 1990s.