Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today reconsidered the state of contemporary art in Latin America, investigating the creative responses of artists to complex, shared realities that have been influenced by colonial and modern histories, repressive governments, economic crises, and social inequality, as well as by concurrent periods of regional economic wealth, development, and progress. The exhibition presented contemporary artistic responses to the past and present that are inscribed within this highly nuanced situation, exploring the assertions of alternative futures.

Organized by Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, Under the Same Sun featured works by 40 artists and collaborative duos from 15 countries. The artworks were organized around six themes: Abstraction, Conceptualism, Modernities, Participation/Emancipation, Political Activism, and The Tropical.

Participating artists included: Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Carlos Amorales, Armando Andrade Tudela, Alexander Apóstol, Tania Bruguera, Paulo Bruscky, Luis Camnitzer, Mariana Castillo Deball, Alejandro Cesarco, Raimond Chaves and Gilda Mantilla, Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker, Adriano Costa, Minerva Cuevas, Jonathas de Andrade, Wilson Díaz, Juan Downey, Rafael Ferrer, Regina José Galindo, Mario García Torres, Dominique González-Foerster, Tamar Guimarães, Federico Herrero, Alfredo Jaar, Claudia Joskowicz, Runo Lagomarsino, David Lamelas, Marta Minujín, Carlos Motta, Iván Navarro, Rivane Neuenschwander, Gabriel Orozco, Damián Ortega, Amalia Pica, Wilfredo Prieto, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Gabriel Sierra, Javier Téllez, Erika Verzutti, and Carla Zaccagnini.

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today is the second of three exhibitions that form part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Following its presentation in New York, the exhibition will travel to the Museo Jumex in Mexico City. The artworks in the exhibition, along with others acquired as part of the initiative, will become part of the Guggenheim’s permanent collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund.

Learn more about how this unprecedented initiative is expanding the Guggenheim’s collection, working with curators in residence, and collaborating with education teams across the globe.

Find out more about the exhibition through videos and audio, or browse our library of digital content by location or theme.

Travel with León de la Barra through his Dispatches blog series, which documents his research visits to sites across Latin America and records the people and art he encounters.

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Midnight Moment: Alfredo Jaar, A Logo for America, August 1-31, 2014, Times Square, New York City

Midnight Moment: Alfredo Jaar, A Logo for America, August 1-31, 2014, Times Square, New York City. Photo: Ka-Man Tse for Times Square Arts

Over the course of the 15-week show, the Guggenheim held school and family interactive tours, artist workshops and tours for the visually impaired, family workshops, film screenings, artist talks, and a symposium. Programs were created in dialogue with Under the Same Sun exhibition artists and curator Pablo León de la Barra. Some highlights:

  • The Francis Effect was a new public project by exhibition artist Tania Bruguera aiming to challenge perceptions of immigration. Bruguera and her collaborators were stationed outside the Guggenheim Museum to gather signatures on postcards addressed to Pope Francis, requesting that he grant citizenship to all immigrants as a gesture of support and protection. While stationed at the Guggenheim, Bruguera collected more than 12,000 signatures and continues to record them online at dignityhasnonationality.org.
  • Exhibition artists Erika Verzutti and Ivan Navarro and museum educator Rebecca Mir led a series of Siesta Talks—afternoon gallery tours that that responded to works on view and explored such themes as materials, form, language, music, and politics. The museum also offered new public gallery tours for Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking audiences for the first time. Two new gallery educators joined the gallery educator team for these newly offered tours and continue to lead private tours in Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Multidisciplinary artist Pablo Helguera presented a reprise of the 1969 lecture series On the Future of Art, organized by former Guggenheim curator Edward Fry, which considered how our ideas about art are transformed through geography, time, translation, and personal experience.
  • Co-presented with Cinema Tropical, our film series Tropical Uncanny: Latin American Tropes and Mythologies constituted a playful revision of some of Latin America's cinematic, cultural, political, and social tropes as shown through a mix of documentary, fiction, and experimental films. 
  • Alfredo Jaar's iconic 1987 intervention A Logo for America appeared on 15 signs and 45 screens in Times Square every night in August as part of the Midnight Moment program, presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts, in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum. Originally displayed in 1987, the 2014 reiteration of this intervention points out that, almost 30 years later, the representation of an entire continent is still monopolized by the same, single country. 
  • In our daylong symposium La Universidad Desconocida (The Unknown University), international artists, global curators, and keynote scholars addressed recent cultural thinking from the Americas framed by critical issues in contemporary art practice. Speakers included Walter Mignolo (Duke University), Suely Rolnik (Catholic University of São Paolo), and Under the Same Sun artists Tania Bruguera, Luis Camnitzer, and Raimond Chaves and Gilda Mantilla. Listen to the symposium’s sessions online
  • Significant outreach was done to invite New York City’s large and diverse Latin American community to engage with the exhibition. As Sharon Vatsky, the Guggenheim’s Director of School and Family Programs, explains in this blog post, over 200 community members were invited to attend an exhibition overview with curator León de la Barra and learn about free admission for families, 90% reduced admission for school group visits, and bilingual educational resources provided in conjunction with the show. As a direct result of this outreach, over 250 students were able to visit the Guggenheim Museum for a tour and workshop of Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today


Resource Guides

Teacher’s Guide
Featuring an introduction by Under the Same Sun artist Luis Camnitzer, this Teacher's Guide invites students to create, discuss, and think about art beyond disciplinary boundaries. The guide was created by Camnitzer and educators María del Carmen González and Sofía Quirós in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum’s Education Department. This was the first time that an exhibition and Guggenheim collection artist was invited to author a Teacher Resource Guide for the Guggenheim Museum. Camnitzer, who is also a respected educator, discusses the problems that the artists are investigating before considering their conceptual, material, and visual “solutions.” While the Guggenheim’s educational approach usually suggests students look at and discuss works of art in the galleries before making their own artwork, several of the museum’s educators incorporated Camnitzer’s approach into their teaching for the Guggenheim’s summer camp programs and had significant success with the implementation.

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Family Guide
This Family Guide is designed for children and adults to use together as they discover more about the art that is being produced by contemporary artists across Latin America.

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