ÑEW YORK . Art Museum of the Americas

Sol Aramendi, Welcome to My Hood, 2011.*

ÑEW YORK. Latin American +
Spanish Artists in New York City

February 16–May 20, 2012

Opening Reception + Gallery Talk
Thursday, February 16 at 6pm

AMA | Art Museum of the Americas
201 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Hours: Tue–Sun | 10am–5pm


AMA | Art Museum of the Americas, of the Organization of American States (OAS) presents Ñew York, an exhibition that addresses mobility in an era of widespread displacement where barriers between the global and the local are broken down. The artists were selected based on their artistic careers and their approaches to concepts of mobility, migration and cultural exchange, all intrinsic to a city where new ideas, experiences and diversity converge.

Ñew York showcases the work of 19 artists from 10 countries of Latin America and Spain who have made New York City the gravitating force of their artistic discourse, and is part of the OAS AMA's ongoing exhibitions series of cross-cultural dialogue through contemporary art.

Alberto Borea (Peru) has made a series of collages in which real estate market information is used to create imaginary favelas and cities. Abigail Lazkoz (Spain) is inspired by everyday details and presents a series of abstract drawings, predominantly in black and white. The Empire State Essays is a series of video animations in which Antón Cabalerio (Spain) presents two opposite ideas of New York. On one hand, he offers an idealized New York; in contrast, he narrates scenes taken from everyday life experiences.

Julieta Aranda (Mexico) and Carlos Motta (Colombia) present Broken English, a 48-page newspaper that was originally commissioned by Defne Ayas and presented for the first time in Performa 11 in New York. The project includes interventions by more than twenty artists, including Liam Gillick, Anton Vidokle, Shirin Neshat, and Carolina Caycedo. The term "broken English" reflects the elasticity of the negotiation of public spaces in an urban environment, and cultural diversity.

Jessica Lagunas (Guatemala) exhibits an edition of prints entitled Ai Spik Inglish, in which she uses English sentences pronounced by Hispanic immigrants. Nicky Enright's (Ecuador) Rights of Passage explores the theory and practice of borders, whether they are physical, linguistic or conceptual. This Leak by Juanma Carrillo (Spain) and Felix Fernandez (Spain) presents a character who works on Wall Street. He will find something that will change his whole existence as he has always understood it. If I Come Back to this Life I Want to be an American Dentist is a mockumentary by Manuel Molina (Mexico) in which he reflects his experience in New York and the ordeal that artists have to go through due to the high cost of medical services in the city.

In recent years, Ada Bobonis (Puerto Rico) has explored the relationship between the individual and the environment through an installation that refers to modern architecture in Puerto Rico. José Ruíz (Peru) works along the seemingly invisible line between politics and arts, paying attention to connotations implied by interactions in which art is the messenger of the politics of culture. Esperanza Mayobre (Venezuela) creates spaces and situations that communicate stories. The themes she explores are those, which people generally avoid, such as disease and immigration. These give shape to works like Symphony of Nothing. In The Real Story of the Superheroes, Dulce Pinzón (Mexico) uses the concept of the hero in the form of real people who perform extraordinary achievements, as opposed to sacrifices of those who pass unnoticed. Fernando Renes (Spain) creates compositions of drawings using cultural elements from both Spain and New York. Iván Navarro's work establishes interactions with the audience and highlights the social and political factors involved in formal composition. Lluis Lleó (Spain) introspective narratives are based on constructed biographical elements that appear in his paintings and sculptures. Carlos Motta (Colombia) presents Ideological Graffiti, a series of photographs documenting political graffiti in the streets of several cities in Latin America and Ivory Tower, filmed from the site of the World Trade Center Building in New York. Manuela Viera-Gallo (Chile) presents a model of the UN building in New York, which has been put in the hands of a dove-knife. Sol Aramendi (Argentina) explores psychological impressions resulting from her life in New York. Her scenes reflect processes and obsessions, studying them from the outside in order to comprehend them.

Ñew York and the socio-cultural context from which it comes, make AMA | Art Museum of Art of the Americas, the ideal venue for this exhibition.

Curated by Paco Cano, Eva Mendoza Chandas and Jodie Dinapoli

*Image above:
Courtesy of Praxis International Art.


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