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"Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today' opens at the Guggenheim Museum
Gabriel Orozco, Piñanona 1, 2013. Tempera and burnished gold leaf on canvas, 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 (40 x 40 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund. Courtesy the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City. Photo: Studio Michel Zabé, 2013.

NEW YORK, NY.- From June 13 through October 1, 2014, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York will present the exhibition Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, which, along with in-depth education programs and online learning tools, inaugurates the second phase of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Organized by Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, the exhibition features contemporary works by 40 artists and collaborative duos representing 15 countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico (United States), Uruguay, and Venezuela. Following its presentation in New York, Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today will travel to Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM) and Museo Jumex in Mexico City.

Featuring approximately 50 works including installations, mixed-media works, paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, and works on paper, Under the Same Sun considers some of the most significant contemporary art practices in Latin America today. This presentation is the second of three exhibitions in the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. The artworks in the exhibition, along with others acquired as part of the initiative, will become part of the Guggenheim's permanent collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund.

As part of Under the Same Sun, Alfredo Jaar’s A Logo for America (1987) will be featured on digital screens in Times Square in collaboration with Times Square Arts and Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC), August 1–31, from 11:57 pm to midnight as part of the Midnight Moment program. An early electronic billboard intervention that overlooked a U.S. Army recruiting station, the work shows the statement “This Is Not America” written across an outline map of the United States, the same line written across an image of the U.S. flag, and the word “America” across a map inclusive of all the Americas—North, Central, and South.

Under the Same Sun is accompanied by a range of public programs. Highlights include exhibition film screenings and a Cinema Tropical film series, artist performances, afternoon discussions with artists, an academic symposium, and gallery tours in Portuguese, and Spanish. Education tools developed for the exhibition include a bilingual English/Spanish family and teacher's resource guide developed in collaboration with exhibition artist Luis Camnitzer, family and school programs, teacher's workshops, and a multimedia app.

Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, stated: “In our galleries and our theater, online, and in the street, Under the Same Sun challenges us to renew our thinking about art in Latin America, and rewards us with a constellation of experiences from the present moment and the recent past. Pablo León de la Barra’s research and exhibition exemplify our goals through the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, as we forge new relationships across the region, add to our growing collection of contemporary Latin American art, and provide our audiences with exceptional new opportunities to engage in dialogues that transcend geographic boundaries.”

"The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative helps provide a holistic view of some of the world's most dynamic and fast-changing regions," says CEO, UBS Wealth Management Jürg Zeltner. "With this collaboration we align a global, cultural perspective with our experience in the emerging markets."

Demonstrating that Latin America cannot be reduced to a single, homogeneous entity, Under the Same Sun examines the diversity of recent creative responses to shared realities molded by colonial and modern history, repressive governmental policy, economic crisis, and social inequality, as well as by periods of economic development and social progress. Despite financial growth and increased stability in most of the continent over the past decade, Latin America remains divided by class and ethnic difference, and marked by political and economic upheaval. Under the Same Sun presents recent art that addresses the past and present of this subtle and complex situation, and which explores possible alternative futures. The works are organized within six themes:

• Abstraction addresses the rational, geometrical visual language that came to prominence after the Second World War and is today filtered through contemporary concerns.

• Conceptualism includes works by pioneering Latin American Conceptualists who were active in the U.S. during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, many of whom are still working today. The forms of engagement they advanced continue to be investigated by younger artists.

• Modernities questions the disjunction between modernity’s ideals and its imperfect realities, and includes work by artists dealing with the legacy of modernism today.

• Participation/Emancipation invites mental or physical participation on the part of the visitor, allowing him or her to become an active part of the artwork.

• Political Activism addresses the social and political contexts in which art is created and confronts the ways in which Latin American artists have turned their practices into forms of dissent, protesting against foreign political and economic influences, dictatorial political regimes, and the violence of the drug trade.

• The Tropical acknowledges the effects that location and nature (including climate) have on cultural production, but presents the argument that being “tropical” is ultimately a question of attitude that transcends such concerns.

“Under the Same Sun might be understood as an attempt to redraw cultural and artistic maps within the Americas, to remove boundaries, and to create new relationships among different artistic centers,” León de la Barra stated. “Despite the contradictions and conflicts in our histories, both colonial and modern, and despite the specificities that must be recognized and honored, we truly all live under the same sun, and must learn to acknowledge that what’s happening elsewhere is as important as what’s happening immediately around us. The more aware and the more in dialogue we are with what’s happening elsewhere, the more we will learn as artists, as people, and as communities, and the more we will be able to create new ways of thinking.”

The Guggenheim’s History of Engagement with Latin America
The second phase of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative continues the museum’s long history of engagement with Latin American art, beginning with The Emergent Decade: Latin American Painters and Painting in the 1960s, an exhibition organized by former Guggenheim Director Thomas Messer in 1964. Since that time the museum has been developing its collection of art from Latin America to include key works by artists such as Francis Alÿs, Julieta Aranda, Félix González-Torres, Wifredo Lam, Jac Leirner, Matta, Ana Mendieta, Ernesto Neto, Gabriel Orozco, Doris Salcedo, Jesús Rafael Soto, Rufino Tamayo, Joaquín Torres-García, many of whom have been represented in recent group or solo exhibitions at the museum.

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today is organized by Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, with assistance from Amara Antilla, Curatorial Assistant, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, and Joan Young, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, provide curatorial oversight for the entire initiative.

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