Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
Spotlight on Cuba
With the United States’ renewed commitment to diplomatic relations with Cuba, the complex social and political issues that MAP artists have examined through their work have perhaps never been more relevant. This month, learn about Cuba's artistic past, present, and future through a trip to Camagüey and Havana with former El Museo del Barrio curator Elvis Fuentes and interviews with Under the Same Sun artists Tania Bruguera and Wilfredo Prieto.
MAP Artists at the Guggenheim
Opening next week at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim presents more than a hundred works from the museum’s permanent collection, most made since 2005. The exhibition, which examines the diverse ways in which artists today engage narrative through installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance, includes works by MAP artists Mariana Castillo Deball, Simryn Gill, and Iván Navarro.
MAP at the Biennial of the Americas
Under the Same Sun artists Mariana Castillo Deball and Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker are participating in the Biennial of the Americas, an international cultural festival that runs July 14–August 30 in Denver. In this video, Conlon and Harker reveal the origin of their collaborative practice and discuss the importance of irony, contradiction, and humor to their approach.
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.
Initially presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Feb 22–May 22, 2013), MAP’s inaugural exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia traveled to two international venues: the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (Oct 30, 2013–Feb 16, 2014) and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (May 10–July 20, 2014). Curated by June Yap, the exhibition and its accompanying programs explored universal themes of national identity, power, and faith.
Organized by Pablo León de la Barra, Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today examines Latin America’s past, present and future through creative responses to the region’s complex political, economic, and social issues. The second of three MAP exhibitions, Under the Same Sun debuted at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (June 13–Oct 1, 2014) and will travel to the Museo Jumex in Mexico City in fall 2015.
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.