El Museo del Barrio announces Popular Painters and Other Visionaries, the museum’s first online exhibition that examines the work of 30 artists from the Americas and the Caribbean.
Curated by El Museo’s Chief Curator, Rodrigo Moura, and originally planned as an in-person experience, the exhibition was adapted as a virtual presentation that will be on view from August 6 to November 8, 2020.
The show departs from the term “popular painters” to identify artists working on the margins of modernism and the mainstream art world between the 1930s and 1970s and will feature nearly 30 works from El Museo’s Permanent Collection, several of them presented for the first time.
Popular visual sources provide the narrative thread of the exhibition, which is divided into thematic sections around labor and daily life; festivities; black Atlantic religion; vernacular architecture; and bodily representation.
In addition to these themes, four artists are presented in monographic sections: Andrés Curruchich, José Bernardo Cardoso Jr., Felipe Jesus Consalvos, and Martín Ramírez. Diasporic experiences are shared by the artists featured in the show – whether as African populations in the New World, Latin American, and Caribbean people in the United States, or in reference to the displacement of Amerindian populations within their own territories.
This is reflected in the impact of migration, exclusion, marginalization, cultural resistance, indigeneity, self-determination, and autobiography that is present in their works.
*Public Program* CURATING DURING THE PANDEMIC
Thursday, August 6th, 2020 at 6 pm | Free | To RSVP, click here.
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To view the online exhibition as of Thursday, August 6th, 2020, please visit El Museo’s website.
Photo credit: Heitor dos Prazeres, Sem título, Jogo de Poker, Untitled, Poker Game, 1963, Collection of El Museo del Barrio.