Featuring the work of 50 Latin American artists and 21 artists from the United States, Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States explores, for the first time at the Lowe, the rich visual dialogue that exists between objects produced by artists working in 13 countries in North, South and Central America during the 60 years between 1919 and 1979. Showcasing 75 important works of art, many of which are not currently on view or have not been previously exhibited, this exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, and mixed media works that represent the Lowe’s diverse, multi-cultural holdings.
Rather than perpetuating a North American-centric hegemony, which tends to diminish and polarize works of art produced by Latin American artists, the exhibition analyzes how Pan American artistic exchanges, rather than stylistic transmission, construct a fuller understanding of Modernism as an international phenomenon across the Americas. Dialogues among the Cuban avant-garde, Mexican muralism and its legacy and counterpoints, Abstract Expressionism, and modernist photography explore commonalities and disconnects throughout the Americas. These exchanges examine the legacy of geometric abstraction in Constructivism, Minimalism, and Op art and consider the role of Colombian modernism. Artists documented in the exhibition include Eduardo Abela, Wifredo Lam, Man Ray, Amelia Peláez, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Adolph Gottlieb, Jacob Lawrence, Hans Hofmann, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Roberto Matta, among others.
Organized by the Lowe Art Museum and curated by Dr. Nathan Timpano, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History.
Pan American Modernism Lecture Series
Exhibition Curator Nathan Timpano - Tuesday, September 3
Edward Sullivan - Thursday, September 26
Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of the History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts, Department of Art History, New York University
Heather Diack – Sunday, October 13
Assistant Professor, Department of Art & Art History, University of Miami
Modernist Film Series at UM’s Cosford Cinema
Tickets are $5 for Lowe Art Museum Members; $9 for the general public; $7 for Seniors, Non-UM Students, University of Miami Employees and Alumni with valid identification, and free for currently enrolled University of Miami students.
THE VIOLIN (2005, Mexico)
Somewhere in Latin America a family of musicians and modest farmers join a fearless guerilla movement attempting to overthrow a brutal and sadistic government. When the military seizes their village, they flee to the sierra hills, forced to leave behind their stock of ammunition. While the guerillas organize a counter-attack, old Plutarco plays up his appearance as a harmless violin player in order to get into the village and recover the ammunition hidden in his corn fields. His violin playing charms the army captain, who orders Plutarco to come back daily. With tension escalating, guns and music take on a near holy significance with hundreds of lives hanging in the balance.
Screenings: July 18 – 7 p.m.; July 20 – 6 p.m.
THE CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD (2011, Argentina)
Argentina, 1979. After years of exile, Juan (12) and his family return to Argentina with false identities. Juan's parents and his uncle Beto are members of the Montoneros Organization, which is fighting against the Military Junta that rules the country. Because of their political activities they are relentlessly tracked down, and the threat of capture and even death is constant. However, Juan's daily life is also full of warmth and humor, and he quickly and easily integrates into his new environment. His friends at school and the girl he has a gigantic crush on, Maria, know him as Ernesto, a name he must not forget, since his family's survival is at stake. Juan accepts this and follows all of his parents' rules until one day he is told that they need to move again immediately, and leave his friends and Maria behind without an explanation. This is a story about militancy, undercover life, and love. The story of a clandestine childhood.
Screenings: August 29 – 7 p.m.; August 31 – 6 p.m.
CHOKING MAN (2006, US)
Jorge is a morbidly shy Ecuadorian dishwasher toiling away in a shabby diner in Queens, New York. From his solitary kitchen corner, Jorge quietly attempts to forge a bond with Amy, the newly hired Chinese waitress. Even though she tries to reciprocate, the gulf that separates them may be too large. On the job he is continually tormented by a co-worker, and at home in his Harlem apartment, under the psychological control of his domineering "roommate," he battles his inner demons. Choking Man captures the feeling of a claustrophobic and almost literal asphyxiation, that newcomers to America experience as they struggle to find a place and purpose in this strange land.
Screenings: September 12 – 7 p.m.; September 14 – 6 p.m.
BLACK ORPHEUS (1959, Brazil)
Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpheus was an international cultural event, and it kicked off the bossa nova craze that set hi-fis across America spinning.
Screenings: October 10 – 7 p.m.; October 12 – 6 p.m.
Pan American Music Program
UM’s Frost School of Music, Sepember 22
This exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Curator Dr. Nathan Timpano, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami, as well as Dr. Heather Diack, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami, and Dr. Edward Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor, Professor of Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
b. 1905, Munich, Germany
Lived and worked in Bogotá, Colombia
d. 1969, Key Biscayne, Florida
Surreal Native Woman, 1960s
watercolor on paper
Collection of the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
Bequest of Cristina Wiedemann, 91.0476.26
b. 1934, Medellín, Colombia
Lives and works in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
La vida no es bella, Región Ixtlera del Norte de México (Life Isn’t Beautiful, Ixtlera Region, Northern Mexico, 1965
gelatin silver print
19 7/8 × 15 7/8 in. (50.5 × 40.3 cm)
Museum purchase through funds from Beaux Arts, 2013.7
© 1965 Rodrigo Moya