Latin American art exhibit opening at Phoenix Art Museum

A piece by Vincent Valdez. (By The Phoenix Art Museum)

The Strangest Fruit by Vincent Valdez. (By The Phoenix Art Museum)

The Phoenix Art Museum will be featuring special exhibit “Hidden Histories in Latin American Art” May 9-August 23.

The exhibition features Latin American and Latino artists who investigate stories or histories marginalized by the media, historical events and present circumstances.

The Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.

These artists explore neglected yet pressing histories, such as the violence against women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; the marginalization of indigenous communities in Guatemala; the fate of civilians “disappeared” by military and paramilitary groups in Colombia; and the lynching of Latinos in the southern United States beginning in the mid-19th century and continuing into the mid-20th.

"Between Black and White" by Graciela Sacco (By Phoenix Art Museum)

“Between Black and White” by Graciela Sacco (By Phoenix Art Museum)

Each story is different, but what unites them is the means by which they are told: through intentional processes of veiling and fragmentation. These artists engage in a kind of storytelling in which the part stands in for the whole.

The pieces also endow everyday objects with potent symbolism, often made all the more powerful through collaged imagery. In this way, a handcrafted dress, a felt blanket, a wooden barricade, a wardrobe, and even part of an urban glass wall become vehicles for exploring larger histories, made present before the viewer but only partially revealed.

“Hidden Histories in Latin American Art includes works by Luis González Palma, from Guatemala, born in 1957; Annie Lopez from the United States, born in 1958; Teresa Margolles from Mexico, born in 1963; Graciela Sacco from Argentina, born in 1956; Doris Salcedo from Colombia, born in 1958; and Vincent Valdez from the United States, born in 1977.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be two free artist lectures; the first, at 7 p.m. on June 3 featuring Graciela Sacco, and the other at 7 p.m. on June 24 featuring Annie Lopez.

These lectures are featured during ‘free admission Wednesday.’ During this time, the museum offers free admission from 3-9 p.m. every Wednesday.

For more information call 602-257-1880 or visit www.phxart.org.

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