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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 http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/cayc.
"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
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
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 www.uampfa.berkeley.edu/ciao.
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 http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus
on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at