NYC-ARTS

S2021 E521 | CLIP

NYC-ARTS CHOICE: El Museo del Barrio, "Estamos Bien"

A look at "Estamos Bien - La Trienal" 20/21 at El Museo del Barrio, the museum's first large-scale, national survey and triennial of contemporary Latinx art. The exhibition features the works of 42 Latinx artists and collectives from across the United States and Puerto Rico.Curator Susanna Temkin is our guide.

AIRED: May 20, 2021 | 0:05:28
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>>> NEXT, WE VISIT EL MUSEO DEL

BARRIO LOCATED AT THE NORTHERN

END OF MUSEUM MILE IN EAST

HARLEM.

CURRENTLY ON VIEW IS "ESTAMOS

BIEN, LA TRIENAL 20/21," THE

MUSEUM'S FIRST LARGE-SCALE

NATIONAL SURVEY AND TRIENNIAL OF

CONTEMPORARY LATIN "X" ART.

ITS TITLE, "ESTAMOS BIEN", WE'RE

FINE" WAS INSPIRED BY A 2017

WORK IN THE EXHIBITION BY

CHICAGO-BASED ARTIST CANDIDA

ALVAREZ.

THE PAINTING WAS COMPLETED AFTER

HURRICANE MARIA DEVASTATED

PUERTO RICO.

THE TITLE SUGGESTS BOTH

RESILIENCE AND A DECLARATION OF

RESISTANCE.

THE TRIENNIAL FEATURES RECENT

WORKS FROM 42 ARTISTS FROM ALL

ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND

PUERTO RICO.

THE SHOW INCLUDES PAINTING,

SCULPTURE AND PHOTOGRAPHY, BUT

ASO A WIDE RANGE OF WORKS WHOSE

USE OF MATERIALS AND SCOPE DEFY

EASY CATEGORIZATION AS DO THE

ARTISTS THEMSELVES.

.

CURATO SUSANNA TEMKIN TAKES US

ON A TOUR OF THE EXHIBITION.

>> WITH "LA TRIENAL" WE REALLY

WANTED TO BROADEN THE SCOPE, NOT

ONLY BRING IN ARTISTS FROM

ACROSS THE NATION BUT WORKING

WITH ARTISTS FROM A VARIETY OF

COURSE OF BACKGROUNDS,

GENERATIONS AND CAREER STAGES.

BEHIND ME IS A WORK BY JUSTIN

FAVELA, WHO'S REAL INTERESTED IN

ENGAGING STEREOTYPES ABOUT LATIN

"X" PEOPLE AND LATIN "X" ART AND

LATIN "X" CULTURE.

WHAT YOU SEE IS A BLOWNUP

MONUMENTAL APPROACH TO CARLOS

MERIDA'S PRINTS OF THE POPOL VUH

WHICH ARE TEN QUASI-SURREAL

WORKS THAT THE GUATEMALAN ARTIST

CREATED IN THE 1940s.

JUSTIN CREATES THESE PINATA

ARTWORKS MADE OUT OF

MULTI-COLORED TISSUE PAPER THAT

HE VERY CAREFULLY PLANNED AND

EXECUTED TO CREATE THESE

BEAUTIFUL FORMS.

WE ALSO WORKED WITH JUSTIN TO

RECREATE AT A ONE-TO-ONE SCALE

THE PAINTING BY FRANCISCO OLLE

CALLED "YELL OPLAN PAINS,"

"PLATANOS AMARILLOS" WHICH IS

REALLY ONE OF THE MOST, I WOULD

SAY, BELOVED PAINTINGS IN EL

MUSEO'S COLLECTION.

>> THERE NO SINGLE OVERARCHING

THEME, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF

DIFFERENT CONCEPTS OR MOTIFS.

IN ONE OF THE FIRST GALLERIES IS

AN APPROACH TO FOOD AND

COMMODITIES, INCLUDING THE STILL

LIVES BY JOEY TERRILL, WHICH ARE

REALLY COMMENTARIES NOT ONLY ON

CONSUMER CULTURE BUT ALSO ON THE

PHARMACEUTICAL CULTURE.

JOEY IS AN ARTIST WHO'S BEEN

LIVING WITH AIDS FOR ALMOST 40

YEARS AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE

ARTISTS THAT TAKE A MUCH MORE

PLAYFUL, ALTHOUGH VERY SERIOUS

APPROACH, LIKE YVETTE MAYORGA

WHO CREATES PAINTINGS THAT EVOKE

A SORT OF FROSTING OR

PASTELLERIA STYLE OF

APPLICATION.

THESE WORKS, THEY ALMOST LOOK

LIKE CAKES THAT YOU WANT TO LICK

THE SURFACES OF BECAUSE THEY'RE

SO RICHLY TEXTURED, AS WELL AS

LUCIA HIERRO, HER WORKS ARE

CALLED "THE RACKS" AND THEY

FEATURE BODEGA VISUAL CULTURE,

CONTEMPORARY SNACKS THAT WE'RE

ALL FAMILIAR WITH, LIKE THE

PLATANITO CHIPS, TAKIS, FRITOS,

SO DON'T COME HUNGRY.

THE EXHIBITION WAS ORIGINALLY

SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN OCTOBER

2020.

WE DECIDED TO COMMISSION FIVE

PROJECTS THAT WERE RELEASED

ONLINE.

FOR EXAMPLE, THERE WAS A WORK BY

LIZANIA CRUZ CALLED "THE

OBITUARIES OF THE AMERICAN DREAM

"GHT WHICH SHE ASKED

PARTICIPANTS TO SUBMIT

TESTIMONIALS OF WHEN THE IDEAL

OF THE AMERICAN DREAM DIED FOR

THEM.

WE CREATED A SPECIAL DIGITAL

SITE FOR THE WORK BY MICHAEL

MENCHACA, THE WALL, WHICH IS A

REAL CRITIQUE OF NUMBER 45'S

PLEDGE TO CREATE A BORDER WALL.

AND WE WOUND UP INCLUDING A

NUMBER OF WORKS THAT THE ARTIST

SPECIFICALLY DURING THAT TIME

THAT WE WERE ALL IN OUR HOMES

EXPERIENCING SOCIAL DISTANCE.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE DUO PONCILI

CREACION WHO CREATED A VERY

BEAUTIFUL PIECE THROUGH THE

STREETS OF SAN JUAN IN THE

HEIGHT OF THE PANDEMIC.

ANOTHER WORK THAT WAS CREATED

JUST IN THE LAST YEAR IS PATRICK

MARTINEZ'S URBAN LANDSCAPE, THIS

IS VERY LARGE-SCALE PAINTING

THAT ALMOST LOOKS LIKE AN

EXTRACT OF A LOS ANGELES CITY

WALL BROUGHT INTO THE GALLERY

THAT HAS ALL KIND OF GRAFFITI

AND LAYERS INCLUDED AMONG THAT

ARE A GLOVE, SOME LYSOL SPRAY,

REFERENCES TO WHAT WE'RE STILL

USING TODAY.

WE'RE FEATURING 42 ARTISTS AND

ART COLLECTIVES WHICH IS A LARGE

NUMBER, BUT ACTUALLY THERE'S SO

MANY MORE VOICES OUT THERE SO

MUCH AMAZE, TOUCHING, POLITICAL

PERSONAL WORK WHAT I HOPE THAT

OUR AUDIENCES GET IS REAL

EXCITED ABOUT EXPLORING WHAT

OTHER ART IS OUT THERE.

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