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March Exhibition Tour with Jorge Rivas and Cristina Grajales

Americas Society

March 17, 2015


Interior for a living room (1960) by Clara Porset

Admission: FREE for AS & YPA members; $10 for non-members.

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Guest Curators Jorge Rivas and Cristina Grajales will lead a guided tour of the exhibition Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940-1978.

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Image: Clara Porset (Mexican, born Cuba. 1895–1981) Interior design for a living room, c. 1960 Graphite and color pencil on paper 22.5 x 30 cm (8 7/8 x 11 13/16 in.) Collection of Archivo Clara Porset CIDI/Facultad de Arquitectura/UNAM, Mexico City.

Cristina Grajales is an expert in the design field, frequent guest lecturer, panelist, and contributor to various publications. She founded the lecture series titled Dialogues with Design Legends at the 92nd street Y. She is a part of the International Advisory Committee at the Museum of Modern Art in Medellin, Colombia, and the MARTE Contemporary Museum in San Salvador, Salvador. She is also a member of the Global Council for the International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Cartagena, Colombia, and serves as visiting curator at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens in Coral Gables, and sits on the board of Creative Time.

Jorge Rivas is an art historian and industrial designer. He has co-curated exhibitions on Spanish Colonial Art and twentieth-century Latin American design, including Cornelis Zitman: 1947-1957 la década del diseño, Sala TAC Caracas, Venezuela (2011) and Interior moderno, muebles diseñados por Miguel Arroyo (2005). He is the author of catalogs and articles on decorative arts and design, including Spanish Colonial Decorative Arts, 1500-1825, Modern Decorative Arts and Design, 1900–2000 for the Latin American Studies section on Oxford Bibliographies online (2011), and “Latin America 1900-2000” in History of the Decorative Arts and Design, 1400-2000 (Yale University Press, 2013). Rivas received his architecture degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, his master’s degree in industrial design from Universitá degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy, and his M.Phil from the Bard Graduate Center, where he is pursuing his Ph.D.