The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, August 25, 2019

OAS AMA / Art Museum of the Americas celebrates Belize's 35-year Independence anniversary
Santiago Cal (Belize), Untitled, 2016. Mixed media. Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Belize to the OAS presents an exhibition celebrating the 35th anniversary of the nation’s independence. For this exhibition, sculptor Santiago Cal and photojournalist Karl Villanueva commemorate the 35th anniversary of Belize’s independence. Belize 35 is exemplary of AMA’s mission of highlighting artwork promoting human rights, democracy, and peace as core values of the Organization of American States, in support of the autonomy of nations as well as the global cooperation under which each nation may thrive.

Cal’s “Untitled” is one of two installations that the artist is contributing to Belize 35. It includes as its subject matter Belize’s first Prime Minister, George Cadle Price along with symbolic national elements such as the tapir, the national animal. According to the artist, the tapir’s mannerisms and dignity are consistent with Belizean identity as a peaceful nation. Belizean curator Yasser Musa describes “Untitled” as “imagination at full throttle, casting a sculptural illustration specifically for an Art Museum of the Americas exhibition commemorating Belize’s 35th Independence...George Price, the father of Belizean Independence, deep in prayerful contemplation, guides his bands of Tapirs travelling the meandering green line that is the international southern border between Belize and Guatemala – River Sarstoon. The river is a current flashpoint electrified political fence. Cal’s metaphor is sharp and precise and speaks both to the aspirations of the Belizean people at the moment of Independence and the haphazard realities of Belize today thirty- five years on.”

“Some Kind” is another Cal installation of meticulously handcrafted wood hammers that evoke manual labor, but are utterly non-functional. Not only are they designed to break, but they are carved to fit just one hand: Cal’s. The painstakingly fabricated hammers, placed adjacent to one another, are simultaneously nostalgic and cynical towards labor in a globalized economy.

Santiago Cal was born in Belize, spending his childhood years in the capital city Belmopan. He earned his fine arts M.F.A. at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. Cal has held solo exhibitions at Te Tuhi. Manukau, New Zealand; RARE Gallery. New York, NY; Capella de Los Remedios. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Image Factory Art Foundation. Belize City, Belize; among others; and has held numerous solo exhibitions. He has previously exhibited at the OAS AMA as part of the Landings 5 exhibition in 2007. Cal has been an active collaborator with Belize’s contemporary art community. He participated in two key movements ZERO- new Belizean art (2000 -2004) and landings (2004-2010) where over 70 artists from the sub-regions of the Caribbean and Central America worked in a process of self-determination for social and cultural development.

Karl Villanueva is a Chicago-based Belizean who is a contributing writer for the Gleaner/Star newspapers. Villanueva is also the president of Viavision Publishing, a video and publication company and special events consultant agency. He also produces video footage of the African Caribbean International Festival of Life, the Chicago Music Awards, and the International Reggae and World Music Awards. He is a former staff writer for the suburban-Chicago weekly Pioneer Press Newspapers, and is the former news editor of the Belize Sun Times. Prior to his move to Chicago, Villanueva also served as Executive Director of the Belize Chamber of Commerce.

On September 21, 1981, when Villanueva was a 24-year-old photojournalist, he chronicled Belize’s day of independence. Belize had been the last vestige of colonialism on the Central American mainland. For the first time, Villanueva uncorks a rare time capsule of that historic day captured through the lens of his 35mm camera. It is a visual journey of British pageantry, faces of new citizens embracing the promise of a new beginning and old colonial architecture awash in multi-colored lights. Villanueva shares with us the colorful photography of that time period exuding panoramic relief but also gets us close enough to introduce us to a diverse people.

“As the OAS’ cultural component, AMA is responsible for publicizing and promoting the mission of the Organization in the Washington, DC area through high profile cultural events and milestones such as this anniversary of Belize’s independence. We are keen on supporting artistic expressions that advance democratic values, peace, diversity, tolerance, justice and human rights in a way that transcends through craftsmanship, ingenuity and content,” says museum director Andrés Navia.

Today's News

February 14, 2016

Miami's Cultural Champion Award 2016 presented by Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust honors Ruth Shack

SCAD exhibits the seventh and final project of Alec Soth’s ongoing "Dispatch" series

Monumental and small-scale indoor and outdoor sculptures by George Rickey on view at Marlborough Gallery

National Museum of Australia acquires silver medallist Peter Norman Olympic singlet

Whyte's announces Irish & International Art auction to take place 27-29 February

"Bentu: Chinese artists in a time of turbulence and transformation" on view at Fondation Louis Vuitton

LA Louver announces the passing of artist and teacher Charles Garabedian at the age of 92

Largest exhibition of Cuban art shown in the U.S. in more than 70 years on view in Tallahassee

Cincinnati Art Museum showcases "The Etching Revival from Daubigny to Twachtman"

"Early Adopters: The Social Media Prototypes of Daumier and Warhol" now on view at the Zimmerli

Jack Hanley Gallery's first solo exhibition of paintings by Heidi Hahn opens in New York

Father and son 'Miracle on Ice' USA Hockey Olympic gold medals cross the auction block together

The San Diego Museum of Art introduces public art to heart of Balboa Park

Pentimenti Gallery presents Mark Khaisman: Magnetic Fields, the artist's third solo exhibition at the gallery

The California African American Museum announces its newest exhibition, "Evolution of the Revolution"

H&H one of only five auction houses to sell a car for more than $10M brings two special cars to London

American Indian art from Diker Collection exhibited at Toledo Museum of Art

OAS AMA / Art Museum of the Americas celebrates Belize's 35-year Independence anniversary

Susan Hiller's first solo exhibition in Belgium opens at MOT International

Ambitious refugee documentary cheered at Berlin film fest

Turner Prize winning artist seeks entrants - 'A View Of The World From Your Window'

Royal Academy of Arts gives the public an opportunity to view new work by 17 emerging artists

New interactive exhibit explores diversity of Muslim cultures worldwide for a family audience

Boijmans showcases Rotterdam's artistic imagination

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Newly restored Titian's Rape of Europa set to be reunited with accompanying works

2.- Krannert Art Museum acquires complete works of conceptual gay photographer Hal Fischer

3.- The Met's Rock & Roll exhibition reaches a milestone 500,000 visitors

4.- A new species of giant penguin has been identified from fossils

5.- Fondation Phi pour l'art contemporain exhibits works by pioneering artist Yoko Ono

6.- Comprehensive exhibition of Elfie Semotan's work on view at C/O Berlin

7.- 'Easy Rider' star Peter Fonda dead at 79

8.- Major exhibition explores the romantic fascination with the Scottish Highlands

9.- Meet the Ercolines, the Woodstock lovebirds whose hug made history

10.- Dallas Museum of Art re-opens European Galleries after total reinstallation

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful