September 19, 2017
‘Delirious’ at Met Breuer
Blouin ArtInfo, 09/19/2017


‘Delirious’ at Met Breuer
Blouin ArtInfo, 09/19/2017

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Breuer is hosting an exhibition titled “Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980” that will be running through January 14, 2018. The show features about 100 works by 62 artists from around the globe who concentrate on the violence and political unrest that plagued the world in thirty years and continues to haunt humanity. The show, which brings together a broad range of artists working across disciplines — geometric abstraction, film, sculpture, performance art — is categorized into four sections: Vertigo, Excess, Nonsense and Twisted. It showcases work of artists like Dara Birnbaum, Dean Fleming, Nancy Grossman, Ana Mendieta, Claes Oldenburg, Stan VanDerBeek and others. A series of 13 photographs by Ana Mendieta in which the Cuban-American artist flattens her face against a pane of glass and the ladder decorated with high-heeled shoes by Yayoi Kusama.

The New York Times notes that each of the artists has their own perspectives as a result of which the exhibition might seem disjointed but that is bound to happen under such a broad thematic. However, the alternate historiography that these artworks trace is of central importance in this regard. The artist in the post-world war era were fascinated by the concept of what is seemingly madness or irrational. “Delirious” is the first exhibition to consider the fascination with irrationality holistically and to ground it in contemporaneous social and political events.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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