The memory of pre-Columbian* cultures, of its icons and myths, is ever present throughout Latin America, and in many countries, this heritage has been used to reinforce national unity. However, work by the four leading Latin American artists featured in this exhibition challenge this trend.
By fusing ancient Aztec, Mayan, or Incan art forms with pop-culture imagery in an ironic and often humorous manner, the artists address present-day concerns relating to universal themes of consumption, corruption, and globalization. The result is an engaging, 21st-century composite portrait—the past, re-mixed and renewed.
Pre-Columbian Remix features more than 90 works of art, including stone sculptures, lithographs, large-scale paintings, platinum and cyanotype prints, and a monumental outdoor inflatable sculpture, on loan from different locations in the Americas (Bogotá, Mexico City, San Diego, New Jersey, New York).
* indigenous culture before European colonization
Reopening Party: Sunday, April 28, 12–4 pm
Free admission / Open to the public
Faculty and Staff Tour: Tuesday, April 30, 2:30 pm
Led by Curator of Art of the Americas Patrice Giasson and Julian Kreimer, assistant professor of art+design
Neu First Wednesdays: Pre-Columbian Sacrifice Remix (Devotional Altar): Wednesday, May 1, 4:45–8:00 pm
Underground video, music, and performance artist group Sonido Apokalitzin visit the Neuberger Museum from Mexico City to perform with Purchase College student musicians and dancers for an all-out party.
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