The September 2014 issue of The Brooklyn Rail includes a review by VCS alumna Lucia Hinojosa of Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, currently on display at the Guggenheim.
Here is a quote from the opening paragraphs of Lucia’s review:
Traditional notions of cultural identity—once determined by territorial borders and isolated means of communication—have been replaced by a global commonality, affecting the development of creative strategies and disparate cultural languages. This phenomenon has reached a distinct crescendo in Latin America, unfolding parallel to intellectual and artistic discourse. Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, now on view at the Guggenheim, is a significant exhibition composed of many ideological hues, presented through a perceptive and highly curated lens. The impact of the socio-economic configuration on the creative development of the region is revealed through the artworks, and should be taken into consideration when experiencing the exhibition. Placing these myriad works in dialogue serves to intensify the distinctive social and political power dynamics that are at play, which are also compromised by the massive political import an institution such as the Guggenheim imposes on the works displayed.
Mexican curator Pablo León de la Barra travelled for over a year around Latin America, visiting artists in their studios and collectives. Selecting artworks for the show could not have been an easy task, especially given the curator’s objective of presenting unique conceptual content and creative strategies within a region composed of over 15 countries. The exhibition presents works spanning many generations, from the 1960s to the present. Established artists such as Juan Downey, Alfredo Jaar, and Gabriel Orozco share the space with emerging artists like Amalia Pica and Adriano Acosta.
Lucia then moves on to consider the challenges inherent in a curating a broad, region-spanning show of this type, and discusses and analyzes several of the artworks included. You can read the rest of the review at The Brooklyn Rail.
I’ve written about Lucia before on the VCS blog, most recently for her involvement with the arts and literature magazine diSONARE, which she co-founded earlier this year.
One last note: this month’s Brooklyn Rail also includes an essay by VCS faculty member Kara Rooney, who served as guest art editor. I’ll return in a couple days with a post about Kara’s editorial and some of other writings that she brought together for the issue.