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Art exhibition 'Towards a Profile of Latin American Arts' opens on the World Wide Web

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Latin American Realities/International Solutions," a virtual exhibition that recreates a significant 1972 exhibition of politically motivated art, has been placed on the World Wide Web as a collaborative project among three University of Iowa organizations: Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts (ATCA), University Libraries and the UI Museum of Art.

The exhibition has been set up on the UI Libraries web page and can be accessed at It will be linked to the UI Museum of Art web page at, and also the Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts web page, at

The exhibition was organized by Estera Milman, director of ATCA. It was realized on the web by Richard Kolbet, special collections librarian at UI Libraries.

"Latin American Realities/International Solutions" is part of "Global Focus: Human Rights '98," the UI's yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The virtual exhibition is a recreation of the 1972 Latin-American exhibition "Towards a Profile of Latin American Art," which was mounted by the Argentinean "Centro de Arte y Communicacion" (Center of Art and Communication, or CAYC) and shown at the 3rd Coltejer Biennial in Medellin, Columbia.

Later enlarged, this exhibition of politically motivated conceptual art included 148 works. In this form it circulated across the southern Americas, Europe and the United States. It was awarded a gold medal by the jury for the international exhibition "Peace 75," organized in Yugoslavia in commemoration of the founding of the United Nations.

Jorge Gluesberg, the original organizer of "Towards a Profile of Latin American Art," said the jury rewarded the exhibition for its diverse international collection of contributing artists and their "all-embracing, lucid and harmonious approach to the underlying cultural problems in countries that seek new artistic paths in the midst of the changes which they are undergoing."

Though the exhibition was originally circulated in an edition of ten, the only extant copy remains with the UI's Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts.

In its web format the exhibition is linked to the Conceptual and Intermedia Arts Online (CIAO) consortium, of which ATCA is a charter member. The virtual exhibition will also be accessible through the Berkeley Art Museum, University of California; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa; Dartmouth College's Hood Museum of Art; the Franklin Furnace, New York; and the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities.

The CIAO consortium is dedicated to providing online access to the scholarship and the collections of conceptual and intermedia art of its participating museums. CIAO's web site can be reached at

Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts serves as an interface among the UI Museum of Art, University Libraries, and a number of academic units at the UI. ATCA is committed to the collection and preservation of works and papers of contemporary artists and to the facilitation and dissemination of research related to the post-Word War II avant-garde.

The ATCA collection is composed of a complex body of contemporary artifacts and documentation spanning varied artistic phenomena including Fluxus, event arts and happenings, book works and visual poetry, artists' videos, correspondence art, conceptual art, performance relics and artists' papers.

"Global Focus: Human Rights '98" is a cross-disciplinary program of teaching, research and action of the UI and its surrounding communities designed to address the problems and prospects of human rights as the 21st century approaches. The program features distinguished speakers, scholarly lectures, panel discussions, published research, curricular innovations, community forums, radio broadcasts, artistic displays, theatrical events, films and musical offerings.

Global Focus has included visits by Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng; human rights lawyer Jerome Shestack, president of the American Bar Association; Cambodian "Killing Fields" photographer Dith Pran; and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. For more information, visit the Global Focus website at <>

The virtual exhibition was made possible in part by two grants form the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at