Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today
This spirited exhibition gathers nearly fifty artworks by forty Latin American artists, including installations, mixed-media works, paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, and works on paper. The works are incisive, provocative, and often deeply funny: Damián Ortega uses stiffened tortillas to construct a modular modernist sculpture. Gabriel Sierra’s Hang it all riffs on the iconic Eames coat rack by replacing the colorful wooden hooks with tropical fruits, and Wilfredo Prieto offers two standing fans, one nodding yes and the other shaking no in unending disagreement.
Commenting on the region’s social inequality, economic booms and busts, political turbulence, and shifting but perennially complicated relationship with the United States, the exhibition is deeply political but never sanctimonious. Some of the pieces probe the complex positioning of Latin American art within the global art world, successfully avoiding the self-referentiality that plagues so much contemporary art. The exhibition feels energetic, playful, incisive, and deeply pleasurable. It is complemented by a Cinema Tropical film series, performances, discussions with artists, an academic symposium, and gallery tours in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
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