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Release: March 10, 2000

Art exhibition 'Latin American Realities/International Solutions' opens

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Latin American Realities/International Solutions," an exhibition of 43 selected works from a significant 1972 exhibition of politically motivated art, will be on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art March 18-April 30.

The exhibition was organized by Estera Milman, director of Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts (ATCA) at the UI, and is presented in affiliation with the UI's newly established Center for Human Rights. Milman will present a gallery tour of the exhibition as part of the museum's weekly Perspectives program, at 12:30 Wednesday, April 5. The Perspectives program will be free and open to the public.

The entire original exhibition has also been placed on the World Wide Web as a collaborative project among three University of Iowa organizations: 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

"Latin American Realities/International Solutions" was listed in the March issue of the New Art Examiner of Chicago as one of seven exhibitions around the United States considered "essential viewing . . . throughout the international art world."

The exhibition at the UI Museum of Art presents selections from 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.

Milman stresses the political content and impact of the original exhibition. "It was intended to illustrate a fundamental interrelationship among the artistic vanguard, cultural revolution and technology," she explained. "The exhibition is composed of works that are representative of the diverse agenda-driven sociopolitical positions of their makers. These range from the martyred activist Luis Pazos' monument for the disappeared political prisoner to Siah Armajani's far less ideologically transparent projection for an undulating covered bridge project, replete with notations interrelating mercury, peace, spirituality and alchemy."

Though the exhibition was originally circulated in an edition of 10, the only extant copy remains with ATCA.

ATCA 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-World 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. For more information on Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts, visit their web page at

"Latin American Realities/International Solutions" was originally set up on the World Wide Web as part of "Global Focus: Human Rights '98," a yearlong celebration at the UI of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was realized on the web by Richard Kolbet, special collections librarian at UI Libraries.

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 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

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

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1999-2000 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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