'HOME: So Different, So Appealing' at MFAH & LACMA
Constructive Forces 02/21/2018: 'Listen Now'
This week: Curator Mari Carmen Ramírez discusses the recent exhibition 'HOME - So Different, So Appealing', which featured U.S. Latino and Latin American artists from the late 1950s to the present, using the universal concept of “home” as a lens through which to view socioeconomic and political changes in the Americas. Organized by MFAH, LACMA and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, more than 100 works by 39 artists explored immigration and political repression; dislocation and diaspora; and personal memory and utopian ideals. The exhibition brings together U.S. artists of Cuban, Mexican, and Puerto Rican origin in a dialogue with artists from Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela, among other countries. Ramírez is the Wortham Curator of Latin American Art at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and curated HOME with Chon Noriega (Associate curator of Latino Art, LACMA) and Pilar Tompkins Rivas (Director of the Vincent Price Art Museum, L.A). (Photo credit: Livia Corona Benjamin, '47,547 Homes', 2009 © Livia Corona Benjamin)
'Dreamed Native Ancestry (DNA)' at Arts Catalyst Kings Cross, London
Constructive Forces 02.14.2018: 'Listen Now'
This week: Art collective, Mission//Misplaced Memory, consisting of Gary Stewart and Trevor Mathison (Dubmorphology), and producer Zaynab Bunsie (writetalklisten), discuss their site-specific, Afrofuturist-inspired project Dreamed Native Ancestry (DNA). Taking place at Arts Catalyst in Kings Cross (London), DNA used research, performance, sound and visual installation to explore the ways personal and collective memory shape one another, critically addressing and re-thinking contemporary issues around race, migration, biopolitics and culture. For more information on their archive please visit 'Dreamed Native Ancestry'. (Photo credit: Dreamed Native Ancestry [DNA], Arts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science & Technology, 23 November 2017 – 27 January 2018; Photo by Tom Hall, courtesy Arts Catalyst)
'Truth: 24 Frames Per Second' at Dallas Museum of Art
Constructive Forces 01.17.2018: 'Listen Now'
This week: Katherine Brodbeck, co-curator of Dallas Museum of Art's video exhibition, 'Truth: 24 Frames Per Second', discusses work by Dara Birnbaum, Omar Fast, John Gerrard, Anne Tallentire, Shirin Neshat and Steve McQueen. The exhibition brings together twenty four pioneers of film and video and over six decades of work focused on pressing contemporary themes, such as race relations, political unrest, sexual identity, and the media, to explore the nature of truth and reality in contemporary life. (Photo credit: Omar Fast, 5000 feet is the best, 2011, courtesy of the artist and DMA, © Omar Fast)
'Telepathic Improvisations' at CAMH
Constructive Forces 10.01.2018: 'Listen Now'
This week: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston curator, Dean Daderko, discusses the exhibition ‘Telepathic Improvisations’ by the Berlin-based artists Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz. Referencing current violent social conditions, 'Telepathic Improvisation' uses humans and non-humans, speech, gesture, light and smoke to interpret composer Pauline Oliveros’s 1974 score of the same title. Monologues include an adaptation of German left wing militant Ulrike Meinhof’s 1968 manifesto “From Protest to Resistance”. (Photo: Installation shot of Telepathic Improvisations, 2018)
Shezad Dawood: Leviathan Cycle
Constructive Forces 01/03/2018: 'Listen Now'
This week: Artist Shezad Dawood discusses his ten-part film Leviathan, which is set in the not too distant future. Exploring democracy, migration, climate change and mental health, the films are interwoven with imagery and exploration of marine ecology. The first two episodes recently exhibited at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Visit 'Leviathan Cycle' for more information. (Photo © of artist Shezad Dawood)