Responding to the Art of The Disappeared

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Date/Time: 21/03/2007 12:00 am

Dear friends,
We’d like to invite you to an upcoming event on March 21, 2007. Please read on for more information!
On Wednesday evening, March 21, 2007, at 6:30 pm, at the Teatro Heckscher auditorium of the Museo del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue at 104 th), and in conjunction with its current exhibition, the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU will convene a panel entitled
“Responding to the Art of the Disappeared”
The traveling exhibition in question, The Disappeared ( Los Desaparecidos ), will be on view at El Museo del Barrio though June 17. Organized by the North Dakota Museum of Art and curated by Laurel Reuter, it gathers work by 14 contemporary living artists from seven countries in Central and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Uruguay and Venezuela), all of whose efforts contend with the horrors and violence stemming from the totalitarian regimes in each of their nations during the mid- to late-twentieth century. Some of the artists worked in the resistance; some had parents or siblings who were disappeared; others were forced into exile. The youngest were born into the aftermath of those dictatorships. And still others have lived in countries maimed by endless civil war. These artists whose work is represented in the exhibition are Marcelo Brodsky , Luis Camnitzer , Arturo Duclos , Juan Manuel Echavarria , Antonio Frasconi , Nicolas Guagnini , Nelson Leirner , Sara Maneiro , Cildo Meireles , Oscar Munoz , Ivan Navarro , Luis Gonzalez Palma , Ana Tiscornia and Fernando Traverso . Also included is a collaborative installation Identity/Identidad by a collective of 13 Argentinean artists.
The March 21 NYIH panel will feature:
Marjorie Agosin , Chilean poet in exile, from Wellesley University
Gilles Peress, celebrated photojournalist
Juan Mendez , president of the International Center for Transitional Justice, and veteran of Human Rights Watch
Tina Rosenberg of the New York Times, MacArthur fellow, and author of Children of Cain : Violence and the Violent in Latin America
Lawrence Weschler, veteran New Yorker writer, director of the NYIH, and author of A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers
Free and open to the public.
For advance registration e-mail public_programs@elmuseo.org
Visitors are invited to come early to sample the show
(the museum will keep its galleries open till 6:30 )
For further information on the show, contact Lauren Van Natten , 212-660-7102,
For further information on the New York Institute for the Humanities, call 212-998-2100 or visit www.nyu.edu/fas/institute/nyih
The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU was established in 1976 for promoting the exchange of ideas between academics, professionals, politicians, diplomats, writers, journalists, musicians, painters, and other artists in New York City -and between all of them and the city. It currently comprises 186 fellows. Throughout the year, the NYIH organizes numerous public events and symposia.

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