Siesta Talks: Iván Navarro

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Iván Navarro, Homeless Lamp, the Juice Sucker, 2004–05. Fluorescent lamps, wheels, and color video, with sound, 4 min., 31 sec., sculpture: 116.8 × 172.7 × 72.4 cm, edition 3/3. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund and partial gift of the artist 2014.42 © Iván Navarro

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Siesta Talks: Art in the Afternoon with Iván Navarro

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

Join exhibition artist Iván Navarro (b. 1972, Santiago, Chile) for a gallery discussion of Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today. Distinguished by his sensorial sculptural works and installations made of electric light, Navarro appropriates the austere visual language of Minimalism to confront social issues and political events such as childhood recollections of human-rights abuses inflicted by Augusto Pinochet’s US-backed military rule in Chile. Navarro’s work Homeless Lamp, the Juice Sucker (2004–05), a video and installation piece included in the Under the Same Sun, uses a shopping cart made of fluorescent lamps to raise awareness of urban poverty and question pervasive consumption—while also recalling Dan Flavin’s iconic light works. In the video, two men push the cart through New York’s Chelsea art-gallery neighborhood, stopping occasionally to hijack power from lampposts along the way, while a 1905 Mexican revolutionary song titled “Juan The Landless” (“Juan sin tierra”) plays on the soundtrack. Since 1997, Navarro has lived and worked in New York. A reception concludes the program.

Free student tickets are no longer available; students with valid ID may purchase tickets for $5. General audience tickets are offered at a discounted rate of $8 thanks to support from UBS.