Candelilla, Coatlicue, and the Breathing Machine
108 East San Antonio Street
Marfa, TX 79843
April 5 – October 27, 2019
Candelilla, Coatlicue, and the Breathing Machine features newly commissioned and existing works by artists Beatriz Cortez, Candice Lin, and Fernando Palma Rodríguez. The title refers to a facet of each artist’s contribution to the show, which range from wax pours to robotic storytellers to provisional shelters and beyond. The varied installations and objects from these three artists weave together a conversation about the animate qualities of land; human and non-human migrations & cross-pollinations; and the simultaneous existence of past, present, and future. Each artist spent time in Marfa and around the Big Bend, and these particular experiences and responses are reflected in the commissioned pieces. Altogether the exhibition puts these three important artists and their distinct bodies of work in conversation with and about lands, plants, and histories particular to U.S./Mexico border in West Texas. It facilitates the production of a slate of new objects and installations via Ballroom’s commissions, supporting new art, ideas and relationships. Candelilla, Coatlicue, and the Breathing Machine is organized by Ballroom’s Director & Curator Laura Copelin.
Nomad 13 SUR
Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza
Curaduría: La Usurpadora (María Isabel Rueda y Mario Llanos Luna)
45 Salón Nacional de Artistas: El revés de la trama
Museo de Arte Moderno (MAMBO), Bogotá, Colombia
September 15 – November 4, 2019
Nomad 13 takes the form of an unconventional space capsule. Built of adobe bricks and steel, it houses a garden of plants indigenous to the Americas, evoking a long history of migrating plants. Cultivated by the Inca, Maya, and Aztec civilizations, these ancient species are known for their wholesome nutritional qualities and profound spiritual meanings. In symbolically sending these plants into the cosmos, the artists evoke the real ongoing experiments of NASA aimed at growing fresh food for future space travelers.
Photo: Nomad 13 SUR at Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Colombia. Photo courtesy of the artists and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles.
The Boxes of Wonder
Ford Foundation Gallery
320 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
September 17 – December 7, 2019
Curated by Jaishri Abichandani
The Boxes of Wonder reveal a process that moves from the negative to affirmation, and from death to life, and from loss to love, and that allows play with language, with time, with the future and with the past, and with ideas about life and death. This installation includes The Fortune Teller (Kaqchikel Edition); The Fortune Teller (Nomad Edition); The Untimely Conversation Box; and The Box of Generosity.
Photo: The Boxes of Wonder at Ford Foundation Gallery, New York. Photo: Jaishri Abichandani, courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles.
Paroxysm of Sublime
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
6522 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
September 18 – November 3, 2019
Curated by Anna Milone and Ana Iwataki, FLAX
There are worlds that are not meant for us.
Photo courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles.
Ingesta / Ingestion
Opens September 24, 2019
Curated by Adán Vallecillo
After the destruction of the planet and of the environment, when other eras arrive, in other worlds where life can reproduce itself, in this one or in another galaxy, Generosity I will preserve for the future the life that was possible and that was sustained on Earth, in times of colonialism, exploitation, environmental destruction, global warming and persecution, thanks to the technological advances, knowledge, spirituality, and courage of the ancient peoples of the Americas.
Photo: Beatriz Cortez. Generosity I, 2019 interacting with the Los Angeles River. Steel, acrylic, and corn, quinoa, amaranth, bean, and sorghum seeds. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles.
Donde hubo fuego: Arte contemporáneo de El Salvador
Museo de Arte de El Salvador, MARTE
San Salvador, El Salvador
Dates: January 19, 2018 – January 18, 2023
Armor for Rufina Amaya was made to honor Rufina Amaya, survivor of the Massacre of El Mozote in December 1981 in Morazán, El Salvador. This massacre, perpetrated by the US funded and trained elite Atlacatl Battalion of the Salvadoran Army, is known as the worst massacre in the Americas. The majority of the dead were children under the age of 12. The armor seeks to cross through time and space to offer solace to Rufina Amaya’s body and to the memory of horror that she shared with the world for the 25 years that she survived after the massacre.
This exhibition was curated by Simón Vega and Rafael Alas Vazquez. Photograph: Walterio Iraheta.