On art and ideas

November 2, 2017

Margarita D'Amico

Miguel Miguel García offers a tribute to the important contributions to Venezuelan art and culture by Margarita D’Amico (1938-2017), a tireless promoter of the artistic vanguard.

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October 6, 2017

Latin America's Living Ruins: El Helicoide de la Roca Tarpeya

The architectural legacy of utopian mid-twentieth-century modernism in Latin America is filled with buildings that have, in Lisa Blackmore and Celeste Olalquiaga’s words, “troubled afterlives.” The authors trace El Helicoide’s fitful iterations from its inception to its present day use, as a state security forces headquarters and prison.

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June 23, 2017

Repoliticizing Modernity: Military Spectacles in Venezuela

Excerpted from her book Spectacular Modernity, Lisa Blackmore’s statement posits that the political, social, and cultural forces that converged to create Venezuela’s “modern spirit” in the mid-20th century unfolded as a spectacle, revealing the spaces, practices, and aspects of life comprising the combined aesthetic and political agenda of its power relations.

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October 8, 2016

Juan Acha's Creative Engagement: "Paper and More Paper" (1969)

In his work in Perú in the late, turbulent 60s, Juan Acha relinquished the traditional role of critic to become implicit in the collective cultural production he encouraged, and was one of the first to experiment with curatorial formats. However, as Miguel López notes, political circumstances resulting in Acha's abrupt departure from Perú soon after resulted in the relative neglect of Acha's work from this time.

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October 8, 2016

A Brief Relation of the Production of Fernando Gamboa

Fernando Gamboa, the man whom Octavio Paz dubbed “the inventor of Mexican museography”, was enormously influential in the decades from the 1940s through the 80s as a tireless promoter of Mexican art and culture. As Mauricio Marcin explains, Gamboa’s engagement was broad, deep, and foundational.

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October 7, 2016

On Telling Shows

The sixth edition of the annual Seminario Fundación Cisneros, Show and Tell, focuses on exhibition makers and curatorial projects in Latin America during the 1960s, the 1990s, and the decade of 2020 to come. The program places special emphasis on cultural production in Venezuela.

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