South likes: Under the Same Sun at Guggenheim Museum, New York

Jaar_LogoForAmerica

Alfredo Jaar, A Logo for America, 1987, Digital color video, 10 min., 25 sec., edition 2/6; original animation commissioned by Public Art Fund for Spectacolor Sign, Times Square, New York, April 1987. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund. Courtesy the artist

South likes: Under the Same Sun at Guggenheim Museum, New York
Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
13 June – 1 October, 2014

Text by Michelangelo Corsaro

For the whole month of August, Alfredo Jaar’s A Logo for America will be displayed just before midnight on digital screens in Times Square. As part of the exhibition Under the Same Sun, the logo shows the sentence “This Is Not America” written over the flag of the United States and then switches to a different images, with the word AMERICA written on a map  including North, Central, and South America. An account on artistic practices from Latin America today must acknowledge a history of contrasts and extreme social unbalances as well as a sense of communion. As stated by Pablo León de la Barra, curator of the exhibition: “Despite the contradictions and conflicts in our histories, both colonial and modern, and despite the specificities that must be recognised and honoured, we truly all live under the same sun, and must learn to acknowledge that what’s happening elsewhere is as important as what’s happening immediately around us.” While the divisions and differences between classes that characterise many South American countries are becoming more evident in the Northern part of the continent, the structure of the exhibition exposes how much Latin American contemporary art is an increasingly relevant discourse in the western, first-world scene. Divided into six sections, the show goes through tropes that are equally related to South American discourses as to the global perspectives of contemporary art: Abstraction; Conceptualism; Modernity (including its imperfect realities and failures); Participation/Emancipation; Political Activism; The Tropical. As these sections undertake an analysis of the evolution of local tendencies of South American art, what is being presented in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of New York is an extended excursion into a southern attitude that tends to be global; because in the end it is true that we all live under the same sun.

http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/exhibitions/on-view/under-the-same-sun-art-from-latin-america-today

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, installation view, 2014, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, installation view, 2014, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, installation view, 2014, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, installation view, 2014, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, installation view, 2014, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, installation view, 2014, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, installation view, 2014, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

 

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