BRIC Announces New Contemporary Art Exhibition: Latinx Abstract
Curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, BRIC Chief Curator
On View: January 21 to May 2, 2021
Candida Alvarez, Vision Painting #10, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and BRIC.
(BROOKLYN, NY — November 18, 2020) BRIC, a leading arts and media institution anchored in Brooklyn, is pleased to announce Latinx Abstract, a groundbreaking exhibition that asserts the enduring legacy of abstraction among Latinx artists. It will be on view January 21 to May 2, 2021 both virtually and in-person at BRIC House (647 Fulton St). In-person viewing at BRIC will be available during reduced hours, Wed-Sat 11am-6pm, and at reduced capacity. Visitors are encouraged to reserve a space 48 hours in advance by contacting BRIC. In-person viewing availability is subject to change, in accordance with city and state health authorities. Latinx Abstract presents a cross-generational survey of nine artists: Candida Alvarez, Karlos Carcamo, Maria Chavez, Alejandro Guzman, Glendalys Medina, Freddy Rodriguez, Fanny Sanín, Mary Valverde, Vargas-Suarez Universal, and Sarah Zapata. The exhibition is curated by BRIC’s Chief Curator, Elizabeth Ferrer.
The exhibition challenges the established history of abstract art in the United States, which largely excludes the contributions of Latinx artists, individuals of Latin American descent based in the United States. Distinct from Latin American abstraction, work in this mode by Latinx artists is a central, yet overlooked aspect of American painting. While engaging with art historical influences that range from pre-Columbian art to modernism in Europe and the United States, the artwork in this exhibition reveals an unusually broad range of sources and influences. They include Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean spiritual beliefs; mathematics, astronomy, and computer science; and aspects of popular culture like graffiti and hip hop. Latinx Abstract is a timely reassessment of American art history, as well as an expansion of the possibilities for abstraction.
BRIC will announce public programming for Latinx Abstract at a later date. A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue with essays in English and Spanish by Ferrer and art historian Joseph Wolin will be published in March 2021.
BRIC is a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. For over forty years, BRIC has shaped Brooklyn's cultural and media landscape by presenting and incubating artists, creators, students, and media makers. As a creative catalyst for our community, we ignite learning in people of all ages and centralize diverse voices that take risks and drive culture forward. BRIC is building Brooklyn's creative future. Learn more at bricartsmedia.org.