Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
Q&A with MAP Curator
“We cannot talk about one Latin America; there are many Latin Americas,” says curator Pablo León de la Barra. Get his take on Latin American identity and important themes in the region’s contemporary art, then revisit our Q&A with June Yap on South and Southeast Asia.
No Country will be on view at Singapore’s CCA—NTU Centre for Contemporary Art in May. Watch CCA’s founding director, Ute Meta Bauer, speak to BLOUIN ARTINFO about CCA’s mission and the organization’s inaugural exhibition, Paradise Lost, on view until March 30.
While in Ecuador, Pablo Léon de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, spoke with El Universo about his research, investigating alternative artistic narratives, and his work with MAP.
June Yap’s Curatorial Essay
In her essay “No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia,” available here as a free downloadable e-book and interactive PDF, June Yap contextualizes her exhibition and discusses some of the featured artists. The illustrated text includes links to further information in the Collection Online.
In this video interview with Khadim Ali, the No Country artist describes how he explored themes from the Persian epic Shahnameh in a series of drawing workshops with children in Afghanistan and Japan.
In this video by Navin Rawanchaikul, the Thai artist’s grandmother chats about the family’s origins, a story that Rawanchaikul also explores in his painting Places of Rebirth, seen at the Guggenheim Museum earlier this year.
At this year's Art Basel Miami Beach, MAP curator Pablo León de la Barra spoke to The Art Newspaper about Colombia’s young artists and the increasingly global presence of Latin American art. “The map of the art world is changing,” he said, “There is not only one center anymore.”
MAP Family and Teacher Resources
Family guides from the No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia exhibitions in New York and Hong Kong invite children and adults to explore the exhibition and its works. For educators, a Resource Guide provides curriculum suggestions focused on the strategies artists are using to address the issues of our time.
“No Country: Regarding South and Southeast Asia,” Day One
During the first day of the symposium, artist Wong Hoy Cheong screened Doghole at the Guggenheim Museum. This was followed by a video talk by Wong about the role of Malaysian history in his work. Afterward, in a live Q&A, Wong spoke with the audience from his home in Malaysia, via Skype. Watch videos, and listen to audio from the event.
In these podcasts recorded over two days in Bangkok, fifteen experts discussed a broad range of topics including politics, religion, and censorship, changing definitions of the avant-garde, and South and Southeast Asia’s contemporary art market.
Artist Khadim Ali’s New York Residency Program
During the No Country exhibition’s run in New York, Khadim Ali led workshops inspired by his work and journey as an artist. View photos from the programs, during which, Ali combined storytelling and art making. Experience a multimedia series from Ali’s Mind’s Eye workshop for the blind and people who have low vision.
Video Works and Related Films
Videos by five artists and collectives were shown as part of the No Country exhibition in New York, complemented by weekly film programs. Read more about the works and films. View photos from a special program featuring filmmaker Barmak Akram, independent curator Leeza Ahmady, and artist Mariam Ghani.
During a public program held at the Jim Thompson Art Center in Bangkok, Guggenheim UBS MAP curator, South and Southeast Asia, June Yap led an absorbing debate around issues raised in her exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia.
About the Project
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.