Second Phase exhibition Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today
This Guggenheim UBS MAP exhibition, is curated by Pablo León de la Barra and investigates creative responses by forty artists and collectives from fifteen countries to historical, political, economic, and social factors in Latin America.
Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today is the second exhibition in a multi-year initiative, conceived by the Guggenheim in collaboration with UBS, which charts contemporary art and creative activity across three global regions. Featuring recent acquisitions in drawing, installation, mixed media, painting, performance, sculpture, and video, the exhibition presents a wide range of approaches and aesthetics.
Demonstrating that Latin America cannot be reduced to a single, homogeneous entity, Under the Same Sun considers the diversity of recent creative responses to shared realities molded by colonial and modern history, repressive governmental policy, economic crisis, and social inequality, as well as by periods of economic development and social progress. Despite financial growth and increased stability in most of the continent over the past decade, Latin America remains divided by class and ethnic difference, and marked by political and economic upheaval. Under the Same Sun presents recent art that addresses the past and present of this subtle and complex situation, and which explores possible alternative futures.
The works in the exhibition investigate and address different artistic themes in Latin American art today: Abstraction, Conceptualism, Emancipation/Participation, Modernities, Political Activism, and the Tropical.
First phase exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia is the first exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. It features recent acquisitions in painting, sculpture, video, film, work on paper, photography and installation, and attempts to engage critically with the region on its own terms. No Country proposes a re-evaluation of the region and its countries based on its cultural relationships, influences, affinities, and negotiations. It offers a glimpse into the region’s diverse contemporary art practices, and presents the possibility of understanding its countries as greater than the contents of their political and geographical boundaries.
“Challenging romanticized perceptions of the region, the artworks in No Country lay bare a complex set of conditions that resulted from the rise and fall of kingdoms and empires, and which carry the historical traces of colonization and the often-traumatic birth of nations. These works explore universal themes of national identity and community, cultural knowledge, power, and faith. The exhibition’s title - drawn from the opening line of the W. B. Yeats poem “Sailing to Byzantium” (1928) that is referenced in the title of Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel No Country for Old Men - alludes to this transformative journey, one which eludes simple delineation.” June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia
Each exhibition is accompanied by a dynamic and multifaceted educational program for the public, both at the exhibition venues and important sites in the region. Among others, these programs include workshops with artists in residence, through which artists share their creative processes and discuss current issues in contemporary art with the audience, and family programs with museum educators who lead creative, interactive projects for children and families that explore highlights of the exhibition.
Additional educational content can be found at guggenheim.org/MAP, including contributions from artists, art historians, and others in the art and academic worlds, fostering the initiative’s global reach and impact.
Installation view: No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 22–May 22, 2013.
Photo: Kristopher McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
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