Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
Sara Raza Selected as Third MAP Curator
London-based curator, critic, and editor Sara Raza has been selected as the future Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa. Raza will join June Yap (South and Southeast Asia) and Pablo León de la Barra (Latin America) in realizing this multiyear program, which supports contemporary art, artists, education, and professional exchange in three of the world’s most diverse and dynamic regions.
Spotlight on Bolivia
In this new video, Under the Same Sun artist Claudia Joskowicz examines Bolivia’s iconic public spaces through a historical lens. On our blog, writer Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz describes an encounter with artist Maria Galindo, “a superstar in the fight against sexism and patriarchy in Bolivia.” Hinderer Cruz also participated in a symposium session at the Guggenheim deconstructing the idea of “Latin American” art.
No Country Wins Prudential Eye Award
Inaugural MAP exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia recently won Best Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art in the 2015 Prudential Eye Awards. Curator June Yap accepted the award at a ceremony in Singapore.
The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative fosters cross-cultural interaction between artists, curators, and audiences via educational programs, online activities, and collection building. It focuses on three regions—South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.
Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
Written by Ben Ake
The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative will identify and support a network of curators and artists from South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa in a comprehensive five-year program involving curatorial residencies, acquisitions for the Guggenheim’s collection, international touring exhibitions, and far-reaching educational activities.
The Guggenheim will select and invite one curator from each of the regions to participate in overlapping two-year residencies in New York, during which the chosen curator will work in concert with Guggenheim staff to identify and select new artworks that reflect a range of the region’s most salient cultural practices and intellectual discourses.
Works selected for the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative will be presented in traveling exhibitions, each of which will be inaugurated at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and will enter the museum’s permanent collection. Each exhibition will then travel to its respective focus region and conclude its tour in a city elsewhere in the world. In all, three exhibitions will travel to three venues for a total of nine presentations. Each exhibition will be accompanied by a dynamic and customized suite of audience-driven educational opportunities for the public, both at the exhibition venues and online.
Curatorial direction will be provided under the guidance of the New York–based Guggenheim curatorial team of Deputy Director and Chief Curator Nancy Spector and Director of Curatorial Affairs Joan Young. Additional curatorial staff members will provide expertise and oversight throughout the project.
PHASE ONE: SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA
The first exhibition, focusing on works from South and Southeast Asia, will travel to two venues following the inaugural exhibition in New York during the winter of 2013, with Singapore and Hong Kong under consideration as possible destinations.
June Yap has been selected as the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia, by a committee of five esteemed experts in South and Southeast Asian art. She recently began a two-year residency at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, where she will be curating the first exhibition in the initiative, focusing on the artistic practices and cultural traditions of South and Southeast Asia. View June Yap's biography.
Professor, Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines
Kwok Kian Chow
Senior Advisor to the Board and CEO, National Art Gallery, Singapore
Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Associate Curator, Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Associate Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
PHASES TWO AND THREE:
LATIN AMERICA AND
THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
The exhibition locations, opening dates, regional curators, and advisory committees for phases two and three will be announced at a later date.
The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is supported by a variety of far-reaching educational and contextual activities, including lectures, panels, performances, films, gallery tours, multimedia mobile tours, and artist-led workshops. These programs and accompanying resource materials will evolve from a dynamic process of exchange among the Guggenheim’s curatorial and education staff, the project curators, the artists, and colleagues from participating institutions. Check this section, Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail for further details and news.