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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
The exhibition has been set up on the UI Libraries web page and can
be accessed at http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/cayc. It will be linked to the
UI Museum of Art web page at http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus, and also the
Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts web page, at http://www.uiowa.edu/~vpr/research/units/atca.htm.
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
Though the exhibition was originally circulated in an edition of ten,
the only extant copy remains with the UI's Alternative Traditions in the
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 www.uampfa.berkeley.edu/ciao.
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 < http://www.uiowa.edu/~hr98/>
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 http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus
on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events