Cite, Site, Sights

Dispatches on Latin American art and culture

April 4, 2017

Gray Works

A Document and Meditation

Sandra Pinardi identifies “gray works” as works of art situated on a borderland that blurs the line between poetry and document, theory and aesthetic expression, and the subjective personal gesture and objective scientific research. Through selected examples from contemporary art, Pinardi elaborates upon the complexity and multivalence of “gray works” and their interconnections...

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November 2, 2016

Acquiring, Archiving, and Activating: Part 2

A look at how archival collections of Latin American art are activated in fourteen different institutions

In a two part investigation, Laura Braverman looks at a sample of fourteen public and private research institutes focused on Latin American art, and the ways in which they support and shape ongoing scholarship in the field.

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October 28, 2016

Phallocentric Specters

Notes on the (Absent) Female Presence in CCS-10

Among the notable attributes of the groundbreaking 1993 exhibition CCS-10: Current Venezuelan Art was its complete absence of female artists. Aixa Sánchez looks back on the era, the show’s impact, and the ways in which the show Paralelo 11, mounted the same year with all women artists, filled that and other gaps, and she muses on possible other inclusions from the vantage of retrospection.

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October 17, 2016

Acquiring, Archiving, and Activating: Part 1

A look at how archival collections of Latin American art are activated in fourteen different institutions

In a two part investigation, Laura Braverman looks at a sample of fourteen public and private research institutes focused on Latin American art, and the ways in which they support and shape ongoing scholarship in the field.

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June 21, 2016

Waja Designs: Part 2

Portal to a parallel world in Makiritare trays

Part 2 of 2 of Charles Brewer-Carias’ introduction to the artistry of wawa basketry produced in the Amazonas region of Venezuela. The baskets’ seemingly abstract designs are actually expressions of the Watunna, the creation epic of the Makiritare people who weave them.

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April 29, 2016

Waja Designs: Part 1

Portal to a parallel world in Makiritare trays

Part 1 of 2 of Charles Brewer-Carias’ introduction to the artistry of wawa basketry produced in the Amazonas region of Venezuela. The baskets’ seemingly abstract designs are actually expressions of the Watunna, the creation epic of the Makiritare people who weave them.

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