For the upcoming issue next fall, Weapons Exhibition will focus its special program on Latin and Latin American art. Three of the top curators of the fields will oversee the events: Mari Carmen Ramírez, Tobias Ostrander, and Carla Acevedo-Yates.
Ramírez, curator of Latin American art and director of the International Center for American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will host the fair’s annual Curatorial Leadership Summit. Ostrander, curator of Latin American art at Tate, will host the Forum section of the fair for large-scale works. Acevedo-Yates, curator at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, will oversee the Spotlight section of the fair for solo and two-person presentations.
“As New York’s fair, it’s our responsibility to deliver presentations that reflect the city we live in and the things that make it up.” Nicole Berry, the executive director of Armory Show, said in an interview. “We wanted to engage directly with the city’s diverse landscape and especially recognize this year the great achievements of Latin American and Latin American artists, whether in New York or elsewhere. We want to encourage the art world to get involved in these issues.”
For her part, Acevedo-Yates will focus on environmental issues and intergenerational dialogues, as well as what she calls “South-South ecosystems.” With a mind of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, she reflected on “how colonialism, racism, and gender-based violence intersect with environmental struggles,” she said. speak. Ostrander’s part will also take a thematic approach, focusing on the role of monuments, both in Latin America and the United States. “I know a lot of artists are answering the question ‘What do we monumentalize to? ?’ now,” he said.
The Ramírez Summit, a one-day closed symposium during the expo in September, will raise important questions, among them: “Who is considered Latin American? and/or Latin? What are the historical bases for these distinctions? ”
“Latin and Latin American art are two very complex, sometimes controversial areas of curatorial practice,” she says. “They share many things but are very different, and I think there is a lot of confusion among museum professionals who are not directly involved in the field.”
Fair and museum management are two very different things and Acevedo-Yates and Ostrander say they are excited about the process of doing their work on the fast timeline as it can allow them to respond to issues. current thread faster. Ramírez added that the market context is crucial. “What this art needs right now is legitimacy,” she said, “and only the market and institutions can do that.”
This past September, the Armory Show held its first edition at the Javits Center in New York — a new venue with new dates. (The fair held its last pre-pandemic iteration in March 2020, just before the lockdown began in the US, and didn’t have to cancel a single edition.) Berry expressed hope for what the press would expect. The next version can be kept. “We envisioned 2021 at the Javits Center as a new chapter for the Armory Show and we feel that we have made it,” she said. “It sets the stage for the future of the fair.”
According to Ramírez, that future must include an emphasis on Latinx and Latin American art, even if it is not the focus of the fair. “In my view, the debate around Latinx art in the United States will really define the next decade — if only because it is grounded because it is a growing minority,” says Ramírez. “This is a matter of survival for these facilities. This is not something we can turn a blind eye to.”
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