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A Contextual Retrospective” Opens at El Museo del Barrio

A Contextual Retrospective” Opens at El Museo del Barrio

A Contextual Retrospective” Opens at El Museo del Barrio

El Museo del Barrio is happy to current Raphael Montañez Ortiz: A Contextual Retrospective, on view from April 14 by way of September 11, 2022. That is the primary large-scale exhibition (and essentially the most intensive thus far) devoted to the museum’s founder, the artist, activist, and educator Raphael Montañez Ortiz, since 1988.

Curated by El Museo’s chief curator, Rodrigo Moura, and visitor curator Julieta González, the present spans a number of a long time of Montañez Ortiz’s manufacturing, from the Nineteen Fifties to the early 2020s, in numerous media similar to movie, portray, images, video installations, paperwork, and assemblages. The exhibition is split into 4 sections that delve into his creative contributions to the twentieth and twenty first centuries: “Destruction,” “Decolonization and Guerrilla Techniques,” “Ethnoaesthetics,” and “Physio-Psycho-Alchemy.”

An necessary determine in US post-war artwork, Raphael Montañez Ortiz began making experimental movie works in 1957. Within the Sixties, he participated within the worldwide Destruction Artwork motion, with performative actions that resulted in dynamic sculptures constructed from destroyed objects. His follow expands artwork historic references, from US Summary Expressionism and Dada to id references, and likewise touches on his upbringing in a Puerto Rican household in New York.

On the identical time, Montañez Ortiz’s ongoing curiosity in psychoanalysis and anthropology knowledgeable his work, main him to discover shamanic practices and the therapeutic and therapeutic potential of artwork, paralleling his analysis into pre-Hispanic cultures. This fixed concern runs by way of his early destruction items, just like the Archaeological Finds sequence, to his later performative actions and works addressing the Indigenous cultures of the Americas.

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El Museo del Barrio is situated at 1230 fifth Avenue in New York Metropolis. Admission is pay-what-you-wish and the museum strongly recommends that each one guests reserve tickets prematurely.

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