Current Exhibitions

Copy, Translate, Repeat

Contemporary Art from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

February 8, 2018 to April 1, 2018

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205 Hudson Gallery
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013


The exhibition Copy, Translate, Repeat: Contemporary Art from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, curated by Prof. Harper Montgomery with Hunter MA and MFA Students enrolled in the Advanced Curatorial Certificatefeatures international artists in the collection who utilize a variety of appropriative strategies for making art. The appropriative act enables these artists to confound conventions of time and space and question narratives of history, art, and progress. The repetition and replication of art historical and archival sources, literary texts, and objects has the effect of collapsing dichotomies of near/far and here/there. The reprisal of extant works and images allows room for the exploration of the cracks in their implicit or explicit narratives, and for the discovery of potential veins of growth and expansion that inhered within the originating source. Waltercio Caldas, for instance, invites us to join him in his study of Velázquez’s mastery of pictorial space by presenting a depopulated version of the artist’s Las meninas. In works by Christian Vinck and Mariana Castillo Deball, authorship is replaced by the even more extreme authority of the colonial archive or Primitivist art collection, so that appropriation reveals the powerful structures of classification and image-making that underlie the power of nation states. In Vidas paralelas Jorge Macchi presents two panes of glass that have apparently shattered in identical patterns, completely confounding our sense of the veracity of time and materiality. We know that one must be the source and one the copy, but we are unable to sort out which is which.

Transformation, travel, memory, landscape, modernism, architecture, ethnography, as well as the photograph, the moving image, the handcrafted object, the presence of the body, and painting are al considered in the artworks in Copy, Translate, Repeat. With varied tactics, the artists all take intensely personal approaches to critique the construction of culture itself, working against standards set in Europe and the United States even while they are, historically, participants in these very traditions. They use appropriation as a means of inhabiting works and documents of the past to bring to bear generative qualities that have not yet been explored. In the end, it is by processing a “source” or “object of critique” through their subjectivities that artists generate new experiences of the sensations of the nonlinear, often collapsed and layered, temporal and spatial registers in which they live and move.

The exhibition brings together a group of artists who have been shown in New York and are collected by major institutions here (Macchi, Caldas, Katz, Castillo Deball, Suárez Londoño, de Andrade, and Robleto) and artists who will be shown for the first time at Hunter College (Araujo, Damiani, Guilisasti, Obeid, and Vinck). The first occasion on which such a considerable group of contemporary works from the Cisneros Collection has been shown in the United States, this exhibition is unique in that it showcases the innovations of contemporary art produced around, in, and about the region we call Latin America. Through the partnership between Hunter and the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, the collection was made available as a study resource for twelve students from Hunter’s MA and MFA programs, and included participants in the Curatorial Certificate Program. These students contributed to every step required to conceive and execute the exhibition, including the selection of artworks, the layout and design of the show, as well as the production of didactic wall texts and scholarly catalogue essays.

Public Programs

Student Curators' Hours at 205 Hudson Gallery

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018
and
Saturday, March 24, 2018
1:00–3:00 pm


205 Hudson Gallery
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
Entrance on the south side of Canal St. between Hudson St. and Watts St.

Student Curators' Hours at 205 Hudson Gallery are presented in conjunction with the exhibition Copy, Translate, Repeat: Contemporary Art from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Join Advanced Curatorial Certificate graduate students and co-curators in the gallery anytime from 1 to 3pm. They will be exploring the rich source material behind works in the exhibition through self-guided itineraries, short tours given by the curators, and related performances.

This event is free and open to the public.

Artist's Talk with Jonathas de Andrade

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018
3:00–4:30 pm

205 Hudson Gallery
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
Entrance on the south side of Canal St. between Hudson St. and Watts St.

This Artist's Talk featuring Jonathas de Andrade will be moderated by co-curator Silvia Alencar and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Copy, Translate, Repeat: Contemporary Art from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Jonathas de Andrade works with installations, photography and video to explore the borders between fact and fiction. Though de Andrade usually works with local subjects from the northeast of Brazil, the cross-cultural references used in his works highlight power imbalances present in historical narratives.

De Andrade has been exhibited at the Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre (2009); Instituto Cultural Banco Real, Recife (2009); New Museum Triennial, New York (2011); 29th São Paulo Biennial (2011), Istanbul Biennial (2011); Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2013); Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal (2013); Museu de Arte do Rio (2014–2015); Museu de Arte de São Paulo (2016–2017); The Power Plant, Toronto (2017); New Museum, New York (2017). He lives and works in Recife, Brazil.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Artist's Talk with Leticia Obeid

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018
6:30–8:00 pm

205 Hudson Gallery
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
Entrance on the south side of Canal St. between Hudson St. and Watts St.

This Artist's Talk featuring Leticia Obeid will be moderated by co-curator Zuna Maza and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Copy, Translate, Repeat: Contemporary Art from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Leticia Obeid (b. Argentina, 1975) will discuss her artistic practice, which encompasses video, drawing, writing, and performance and examines authorship, distance, and the experience of reading, writing and observation. Obeid’s work on view at 205 Hudson Gallery, B., was created during her 2007 residency at Cité Internationale de Arts in Paris, and is a reflection of the artist's exploration of the city through Walter Benjamin’s unfinished text The Arcades Project.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Selection of Artworks

  • Mariana Castillo Deball

    Maske der Irokesen (Ostliches Nordamerika) (from the series Falschgesichter)

    2008

    Printed text on glossy paper

    29 x 27 x 7 cm (11 3/8 x 10 5/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

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  • Elena Damiani, Fading Field No. 1 (2012)

    Elena Damiani

    Fading Field No. 1

    2012

    Print on silk chiffon

    187 x 143 cm (73 5/8 x 56 1/4 in.)

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  • Leandro Katz, Uxmal-Casa de las Palomas (1993)

    Leandro Katz

    Uxmal-Casa de las Palomas

    1993

    Gelatin silver print

    40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)

    The Museum of Modern Art...

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  • Jorge Macchi, Vidas paralelas (1998)

    Jorge Macchi

    Vidas paralelas

    1998

    Glass

    80 x 130 cm (31 1/2 x 51 1/8 in.)

  • Dario Robleto

    I Miss Everyone Who Has Ever Gone Away

    1997/2008

    Candy wrappers, thread

    Variable dimensions

  • José Antonio Suárez Londoño, Ovid, Metamorfosis (2003)

    José Antonio Suárez Londoño

    Ovid, Metamorfosis

    2003

    Notebook: graphite, ink, paint, and thread on paper

    3 notebooks, each: 23 x 17 x 2.5 cm (9 x 6 3/4 x 1 in.)

    The Museum of Modern Art...

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  • Armando Andrade Tudela, Foro (2013)

    Armando Andrade Tudela

    Foro

    2013

    16mm film transferred to digital

    10' 53"

    The Museum of Modern Art...

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  • Christian Vinck, Mapa del lago (from the series Según el Archivo General de Indias) (2012)

    Christian Vinck

    Mapa del lago (from the series Según el Archivo General de Indias)

    2012

    Oil on canvas

    123 x 120 x 3.5 cm (48 3/8 x 47 1/4 x 1 3/8 in.)

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