Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States

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Guillermo Wiedemann
b. 1905, Munich, Germany
Lived and worked in Bogotá, Colombia
d. 1969, Key Biscayne, Florida
Surreal Native Woman, 1960s
watercolor on paper
Collection of the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
Bequest of Cristina Wiedemann, 91.0476.26
June 22, 2013 - October 13, 2013

Featuring the work of 50 Latin American artists and 21 artists from the United States, Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States explores, for the first time at the Lowe, the rich visual dialogue that exists between objects produced by artists working in 13 countries in North, South and Central America during the 60 years between 1919 and 1979. Showcasing 75 important works of art, many of which are not currently on view or have not been previously exhibited, this exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, and mixed media works that represent the Lowe’s diverse, multi-cultural holdings.

Rather than perpetuating a North American-centric hegemony, which tends to diminish and polarize works of art produced by Latin American artists, the exhibition analyzes how Pan American artistic exchanges, rather than stylistic transmission, construct a fuller understanding of Modernism as an international phenomenon across the Americas. Dialogues among the Cuban avant-garde, Mexican muralism and its legacy and counterpoints, Abstract Expressionism, and modernist photography explore commonalities and disconnects throughout the Americas. These exchanges examine the legacy of geometric abstraction in Constructivism, Minimalism, and Op art and consider the role of Colombian modernism. Artists documented in the exhibition include Eduardo Abela, Wifredo Lam, Man Ray, Amelia Peláez, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Adolph Gottlieb, Jacob Lawrence, Hans Hofmann, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Roberto Matta, among others.

Organized by the Lowe Art Museum and curated by Dr. Nathan Timpano, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History.

 

Associated Programming

Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpheus was an international cultural event, and it kicked off the bossa nova craze that set hi-fis across America spinning.

Rodrigo Moya b. 1934, Medellín, Colombia Lives and works in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico La vida no es bella, Región Ixtlera del Norte de México (Life Isn’t Beautiful, Ixtlera Region, Northern Mexico, 1965 gelatin silver print 19 7/8 × 15 7/8 in. (50.5 × 40.3 cm) Museum purchase through funds from Beaux Arts, 2013.7 © 1965 Rodrigo Moya

Screenings: October 10 – 7 p.m.; October 12 – 6 p.m.

 

Pan American Music Program
UM’s Frost School of Music, Sepember 22


Related Publication

This exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Curator Dr. Nathan Timpano, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami, as well as Dr. Heather Diack, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami, and Dr. Edward Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor, Professor of Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

This exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue withessays by Curator Dr. Nathan Timpano, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami, as well as Dr. Heather Diack, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami, and Dr. Edward Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor, Professor of Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.