Memories of Underdevelopment: Art and the Decolonial Turn in Latin America, 1960-1985

Sunday, Sep 17, 2017-Sunday, Feb 04, 2018
Untitled (Circumstantial [12 coconuts])
Eugenio Espinoza
Untitled (Circumstantial [12 coconuts])
1971, acrylic on canvas, coconuts, and rope, 59 x 59 x 10 in. Courtesy of the artist. © Eugenio Espinoza. Photo: Sid Hoeltzell - Miami 2015.

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Memories of Underdevelopment: Art and the Decolonial Turn in Latin America, 1960–1985 is set within a particular historical moment, from the height of the modern project in Latin America to its unraveling in the following decades. The exhibition examines a paradigm shift in culture and the visual arts between the early 1960s and the mid‑1980s, which articulates a counter-narrative to the rhetoric of developmentalism, resulting in early instances of decolonial thought in the artistic practices in the region.


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Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 - 7:00 PM-Friday, Oct 27, 2017 - 9:45 PM

In collaboration with Museo Jumex in Mexico City and the Museo de Arte de Lima, MCASD will present an exhibition examining the ways in which Latin American artists from the 1960s to the 1980s responded to the unraveling of the utopian promise of modernization after World War II, most notably in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela. In the immediate postwar period, artists had eagerly embraced the “transition to modernity,” creating a new abstract geometric language meant to capture its idealistic possibilities. As modernization failed, and political oppression and brutal military dictatorships followed, avant-garde artists increasingly abandoned abstraction and sought new ways to connect with the public, engaging directly with communities and often incorporating popular strategies from film, theater, and architecture into their work. Memories of Underdevelopment: Art and the Decolonial Turn in Latin America, 1960-1985 will be the first significant survey exhibition of these crucial decades and will highlight the work not only of well-known artists such as Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Pape but also lesser-known artists from Colombia, Peru, Chile, and Uruguay.

Artists include: 3 Nós 3, Benjamin Abrahão, Lucy Angulo, Diego Arango, Anna Banana, Diego Barboza, Artur Barrio, Jacques Bedel, Fernando "Coco" Bedoya, Mirella Bentivoglio, Martín Biduera, Irma Blank, Lina Bo Bardi, J. Boden, Guillermo Bolaños, Francisco Brennand, Paulo Bruscky, Athos Bulcão, Teresa Burga, Antonio Caro, Manuel Casanueva, Guglielmo Achille Cavellini, Centro de Arte y Communicación (CAyC), Elda Cerrato, Victor Hugo Codocedo, Colectivo de Acciones de Arte (CADA), Sebastião de Carvalho, Guillermo Deisler, Antonio Dias, Wlademir Dias Pino, Eugenio Dittborn, Juraci Dórea, Juan Downey, Jesús Ruiz Durand, E.P.S. Huayco, Diamela Eltit, Eugenio Espinoza, Thomaz Farkas, Fernanda Fedi, León Ferrari, Marcelo Ferraz, Marcel Gautherot, Anna Bella Geiger, Rubens Gerchman, Carlos Ginzburg, Beatriz Gonzalez, Victor Grippo, Klaus Groh, Eduardo Hernández, Leon Hirszman, Mercedes Idoyaga, Alfredo Jaar, Leandro Katz, Rolf Knippenberg, Omar Lara, Carlos Leppe, María Luy, Gastão Magalhães, Dulce Maia, Antonio Manuel, Jonier Marin, Francisco Mariotti, Graciela G. Marx, Leo Matiz, Cildo Meireles, Plinio Mendoza Neira, Mendoza y Mendoza, No Grupo, Charo Noriega, Hélio Oiticica, Luis Ospina, Clemente Padín, Ramón Paolini, Lygia Pape, Catalina Parra, Luis Pazos, Claudio Perna, Alfredo Portillos, Norberto Puzzolo, Atelier Rabascall, Glauber Rocha, Herbert Rodríguez, Osvaldo Romberg, Armando Salas Portugal, Juan Javier Salazar, Manuel Víctor Sánchez Ogaz, Peter Scheier, Guy Schraenen, Saturo Shoji, Falves Silva, Regina Silveira, Gigi Stenner, Marcelo Suzuki, Taller 4 Rojo, André Vainer, Enrique Valdés, Luis Arias Vera, Edgardo Antonio Vigo, Luis Weinstein, Armando Williams, Horacio Zabala, Nirma Zárate, and Mariela Zevallos.

Memories of Underdevelopment: Art and the Decolonial Turn in Latin America, 1960-1985 is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in partnership with the Museo de Arte de Lima and the Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo. Lead support is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation. Additional support provided through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This project has received generous underwriting support from Maryanne and Irwin Pfister and the LLWW Foundation. Institutional support of MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.