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Condemned To Be Modern

Curated by Clara Kim

September 10, 2017 – January 28, 2018

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 10, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

With a special performance by Crystal Sepulveda as part of Clarissa Tossin’s newly commissioned project inspired by the Mayan Revival architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House.

The artists in this exhibit explore the connection of modernist architecture with political ideologies, social values, and contemporary reality, engendering dialogue about the role of government and public policy in the development, preservation, and use of the built environment.

Condemned To Be Modern brings together the work of 21 contemporary artists who have responded critically to the history of modernist architecture in Latin America. In works produced during the last two decades, these artists explore the effects, contradictions, and contested legacies of modernism in Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico as expressed through ambitious construction of government buildings, public housing, universities, and even new cities during moments of radical political and social change. The architecture and urban planning of these moments continue to serve as critical reference points for artists including Eduardo Abaora (Mexico), Jonathas de Andrade (Brazil), Leonor Antunes (Portugal/Germany), Alexander Apostol (Venezuela/Spain), Felipe Dulzaides (Cuba), Melanie Smith (Mexico), and Clarissa Tossin (Brazil/Los Angeles). Together, these artists provide a sociological exploration that connects architecture with political ideologies, social values, and contemporary reality, while engendering dialogue about the role of government and public policy on the development, preservation, and use of the built environment.

On view from September 10, 2017 through January 28, 2018, Condemned To Be Modern, curated by guest curator, Clara Kim, opens with a public reception on September 10 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90027) with a special performance by Crystal Sepulveda as part of Clarissa Tossin’s newly commissioned project inspired by the Mayan Revival architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House.

The exhibition includes work by Eduardo Abaroa, Jonathas de Andrade, Leonor Antunes, Alexander Apóstol, Alexandre Arrechea, Ramiro Chaves, Felipe Dulzaides, Carlos Garaicoa, Terence Gower, Tamar Guimarães, Lucia Koch, Runo Lagomarsino, Renata Lucas, Lais Myrrha, Manuel Piña, Mauro Restiffe, Beto Shwafaty, Melanie Smith, Tercerunquinto, Clarissa Tossin, and Héctor Zamora.

 

Images: (top) Mauro Restiffe, Empossamento #9, 2003, Gelatin silver print.

Photo: Courtesy the artist and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel

(below) Melanie Smith, Still from Fordlandia, 2014, Video Full HD, 29:42 min., Courtesy the artist