The Weisman Art Museum presents 'Pan American Modernism'
Pan American Modernism explores the cultural exchange between artists in North, South, and Latin America.
Minneapolis, Minn. (Sept. 30, 2016) – The Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, presents Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States, on view October 9 – December 31, 2016. The works in the exhibition highlight the rich visual dialogue that exists between objects produced by artists working in thirteen countries in North, South, and Central America, and the Caribbean in years between 1919 and 1979.
Organized by the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, and curated by University of Miami Assistant Professor Dr. Nathan Timpano, Pan American Modernism showcases more than 70 important works of art, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, and mixed media works.
Rather than perpetuating a discourse centered on modern art in the United States (a bias that tends to polarize works from Latin America), Pan American Modernism instead uses thematic sections to analyze how artistic exchange processes contributed to the expansion of modernism as an intercontinental phenomenon across the Americas in the twentieth century. Dialogues among the Cuban avant-garde, Mexican muralism and its legacy and counterpoints, Abstract Expressionism, modernist photography, and geometric abstraction explore commonalities and disconnects throughout the Americas. Artists documented in the exhibition include Eduardo Abela, Wilfredo Lam, Man Ray, Amelia Peláez, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Adolph Gottlieb, Jacob Lawrence, Hans Hofmann, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Roberto Matta, among others.