August 4, 2000

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego Organizes Major Contemporary Latin American Art Exhibition

On view September 24, 2000 through January 7, 2001, UltraBaroque: Aspects of Post-Latin American Art explores the influence and impact of the Baroque on a broad range of contemporary artistic expressions in the Americas. The exhibition presents a critical reevaluation of the Baroque and its use as an important cultural metaphor in contemporary art.

UltraBaroque features sixteen of the most dynamic and innovative young artists working in the Americas today, whose work is well known in their own countries and abroad but, in some cases, not previously seen in the United States. Their work encompasses a tremendous diversity of endeavors including painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation and an array of multimedia works. The artists' wealthy of ideas and attitudes is equally rich, from highly personal concerns to the exploration of the most relevant social and political topics, from powerful engagements of regional histories and memories to humorous and irreverent critiques of contemporary global culture. The exhibition's array of themes, diversity of interests, and hybrid media reflect not only contemporary international artistic language but also the unique interweaving of cultures, races, and voices that characterize the Americas today.

The roster of artists in UltraBaroque includes: Miguel Calderón (Mexico), María Fernanda Cardoso (Colombia/Australia), Rochelle Costi (Brazil), Einar and Jamex de la Torre (Mexico/United States), Arturo Duclos (Chile), José Antonio Hernández-Diez (Venezuela/Spain), Yishai Jusidman (Mexico), Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (United States), Lia Menna Barreto (Brazil), Franco Mondini Ruiz (United States), Rubén Ortiz Torres (Mexico/United States), Nuno Ramos (Brazil), Valeska Soares (Brazil/United States), Meyer Vaisman (Venezuela/United States/Spain), and Adriana Varejao (Brazil). The exhibition co-curators are Elizabeth Armstrong, MCA Senior Curator, and independent curator Victor Zamudio-Taylor.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum will publish a 212-page fully illustrated, bilingual catalogue that will elaborate on the show's theme and underlying ideas and offer a history of art and culture in Latin America. The publication, available through Distributed Art Publishers (DAP), has three major components: individual entries on each of the artists in the exhibition; cross-cultural essays addressing historical precedents and contemporary issues raised by the exhibition; and a "sourcebook" of key texts that constitute Ultra-Baroque's artistic, literary, and intellectual heritage. This section of the book features excerpts from historical travel accounts of the colonial period, texts from Baroque and Neo-Baroque poets and writers in Latin America, and recent theories on the legacy of the Baroque in postmodern, contemporary culture. Authors for the publication include Paulo Herkenhoff, Director of the XXIV Bienal de Sao Paulo and Adjunct Curator at The Museum of Modern art (MoMA), New York; Gruzinski, research director at the Center for Latin American Studies, the University of Paris; Victor Zamudio-Taylor, independent art scholar, critic and co-curator of the exhibition; and Elizabeth Armstrong, MCA Senior Curator and co-curator of Ultra-Baroque.

UltraBaroque: Aspects of Post-Latin American Art will be on view at the La Jolla location of MCA San Diego from September 24, 2000 through January 7, 2001. Following its debut in San Diego, UltraBaroque will travel to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Miami Art Museum; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

The exhibition is made possible by generous grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes. Continental Airlines is the exclusive airline sponsor of UltraBaroque. Related educational and interpretive programs are funded, in part, by grants from the Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds, The James Irvine Foundation, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the California Arts Council.

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