Exposiciones / Memories of Underdevelopment: Art and the Decolonial Turn in Latin America, 1960–1985

17 September, 2017 - 01 February, 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Downtown, San Diego (California)
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Memories of Underdevelopment is an exhibition that examines the ways in which Latin American artists from the sixties to the eighties responded to the unravelling of the utopian promise of modernisation after the First World War, most notably in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela. In the immediate post-war period, artists eagerly embraced the ‘transition to modernity’, creating a new abstract geometric language meant to capture its idealistic possibilities. As modernisation 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, theatre, and architecture into their work.

Memories of Underdevelopment 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 of lesser-known artists from Colombia, Peru, Chile, and Uruguay.

 

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