2016 Latin American Speakers Series: Four Moments in Latin(o) American Art by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado

2016 Latin American Speakers Series: Four Moments in Latin(o) American Art by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado

FOUR MOMENTS IN LATIN(O) AMERICAN ART

Thursday, February 18, 2016 7pm
Sur Gallery 39 Queens Quay East, suite 100
$10 Admission | $5 LACAP Members (pay at the door)

ROCIO ARANDA-ALVARADO is Curator at El Museo del Barrio where she has been organizing exhibitions since 2010. She is working on A Brief History of (Some) Things, an exhibition about the persistence of Mesoamerican imagery in contemporary art. She recently organized PRESENTE!~ The Young Lords in New York, and MUSEUM STARTER KIT: Open With Care, celebrating the 45th anniversary of El Museo, as well as some versions of LA BIENAL, El Museo’s biennial for emerging artists. Her curatorial work and research focuses on modern and contemporary art of the Americas. Ms. Aranda-Alvarado is also on the adjunct faculty in the Art History Department at the City College of New York. She has been invited to speak at the Smithsonian Institution, the Whitney Museum, the Americas Society, the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture and has taught art history at local universities. Her writing has appeared in various publications including catalogue essays for the Museum of Modern Art and El Museo del Barrio, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Art Nexus, Review, the journal of the Americas Society, NYFA Quarterly, Small Axe, BOMB and American Art. Born in Santiago, Chile, Aranda-Alvarado received degrees in Art History from the University of Maryland, Tulane University and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Aranda-Alvarado is one of five guest curators of SITE Santa Fe’s for SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas launching in July 2016.

FOUR MOMENTS IN LATIN(O) AMERICAN ART
Seeking to expand definitions of both American and Latin American art, this presentation explores four different historic moments through the work of living artists. The history of interest in Latin American in New York art dates to the late 1930s, where some of the earliest exhibitions of “Latin American Art” were displayed. 30 years later, El Museo del Barrio became the country’s first museum dedicated to the study and display of Latin American Art. Focusing on the work of living artists and traditions, El Museo from the beginning sought to create a space for artists who were excluded from other New York institutions. Through the work of four artists representing a variety of concerns, we can explore the contribution of Latino American artists to the contemporary history of American Art. 

Moderated by Ingrid Mayrhofer
INGRID MAYRHOFER (BFA, MA, York University) is a visual artist, curator, arts educator and community arts practitioner. Born and raised in Austria, she has exhibited in Canada, Austria, Korea, Serbia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba and Chile. She has facilitated collaborations and exchanges between Canadian artists and their peers in Cuba, Mexico, Chile and Serbia. Mayrhofer is a member of the Red Tree Artists’ Collective, Centre3 for Print and Media Arts, the Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre, and Hamilton Artists Inc. www.ingridmayrhofer.ca