Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985” is unquestionably one of its brightest highlights of “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA”

Posted on October - 18 - 2017

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As part of the ambitious, all-encompassing event “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” the exhibition “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985” is unquestionably one of its brightest highlights.  Currently on display at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, since its opening, it has gained the attention and appreciation from the public for offering an immersing plethora of significant art pieces elaborated by the biggest and boldest Latin American women. Although some names among the selection of over 100 female artists are more familiar than others, the comprehensive array of works speaks (or rather shouts) louder as a whole.

As the title of the exhibition suggests, the historical moment that the show encompasses was a period of political and social turmoil in Latin America. Tainted by violence and oppression enforced by military juntas and foreign coercion, this time in history was also a moment when women stood up and rebelled against these dominating and silencing forces to express an anthem of defiance and cry for justice. The meticulous research of the curators over a six-year period led to this extensive and rich documentation that had long been missing in history books and international museums. Under the guidance of guest curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Andrea Giunta with Marcela Guerrero and in collaboration with Connie Butler, chief curator of the Hammer Museum, the display is a mixture of diverse media, ranging from paintings and photography to installations and video art (including Analívia Cordeiro’s pioneering M 3×3 (1973) worth watching).

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Among the selection, works of unrivalled ladies who have become powerhouses and enjoy both critical and commercial success, are to be found, among them Argentinians Marta Minujín and Liliana Porter, Brazilians Lygia Clark and Lygia Pape, Colombian Beatriz González, Cuban Ana Mendieta, Mexican Graciela Iturbide just to name a few. The comprehensive list offers some treasures for everyone to find, including the work of Guatemalan artists Margarita Azurdia. The display provides an experience for all, from the eager dilettante as well as the newcomer, everyone is sure to be moved by these “radical women”.

This exhibition will be remembered and taken as a milestone in the study and recording of Latin American. If you are in Los Angeles, this is genuinely an exhibition that cannot be missed by anyone.

By: Gabriela Martinez de la Hoz

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