El guardameta de los cosmos, Ronny Quevedo

El guardameta de los cosmos, Ronny Quevedo


Artdaily Features Americas Society's El Dorado exhibition

The art website writes that artists like Carlos Motta and Mathias Goeritz are part of the show, which explores the foundational myth of the Americas.

Americas Society opens Part II of El Dorado: Myths of Gold, and launches the book El Dorado: A Reader. The show, which explores the myth of El Dorado from the Pre-Hispanic period to the contemporary era, is co-curated by Aimé Iglesias Lukin, Director and Chief Curator, Art at Americas Society, Tie Jojima, Associate Curator, Manager of Exhibitions, Art at Americas Society and Edward J. Sullivan, the Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of Art History, New York University.

The exhibition brings together more than 100 objects and artworks that explore the myth as a foundational narrative of the Americas. It includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, engravings, and videos that offer new interpretations and questions about the myth from a hemispheric lens.

Since the invasion of Europeans to the Americas, rumors spread quickly about a kingdom filled with gold, driving conquistadores to find it. Despite never being found, the mythical El Dorado defined the continent as an empty land up for grabs. El Dorado: Myths of Gold brings together artworks and artists that engage with the myth, sometimes offering a critical view and a path of resistance.

Organized in collaboration with Fundación PROA in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Museo Amparo in Puebla (Mexico), the exhibition takes place in two parts: Part I from September through December 2023 and Part II from January through May 2024.

Part II highlights the work of artists like Carlos Motta, whose practice delves into themes such as gender and sexuality, colonialism, and political activism. In his video Nefandus Trilogy, he presents two individuals on a boat and two monologues, one in Spanish and the other in Kogi, an indigenous language, reflecting upon different forms of oppression of Indigenous peoples as a result of colonization. Part II also showcases the work of Mathias Goeritz, a German emigree living in Mexico who incorporated gold in monochromatic pieces to evoke a sense of awe...

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