Exhibition Details

Location: Phoenix Art Museum - Orientation Room
Dates: October 1, 2014
to November 23, 2014



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Phoenix Art Museum, Orientation Room - October 1 to November 23, 2014

MonOrchid Gallery, 214 East Roosevelt Street - December 5, 2014 to January 12, 2015

Mail art has a rich and varied history in Latin America. Arte correo (and arte correio) began in the region in the mid-1960s with the pioneering efforts of such key figures as Edgardo Antonio Vigo, Graciela Gutiérrez-Marx, and León Ferrari in Argentina; Clemente Padín in Uruguay; Guillermo Deisler in Chile (and later Bulgaria); Dámaso Ogaz in Venezuela; Manuel Marín, Pedro Friedeberg and Felipe Ehrenberg in Mexico; and Leonhard Frank Duch, Unhandeijara Lisboa, and Paulo Bruscky in Brazil, to name just a few. On the occasion of the exhibition Paulo Bruscky: Art Is Our Last Hope at Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona, Vanessa Davidson and John Held Jr. are co-curating a mail art exhibition entitled Focus Latin America. Centered around the theme “art is our last hope,” the curators seek to revive dialogue about the challenges facing artists living in Latin America and the utopian projects they have historically undertaken to fuse artistic practice with social engagement. Created in 1983, Bruscky’s artwork Art Is Our Last Hope was envisioned as a billboard piece consisting solely of those five words. How have art and life in Latin America changed since he issued that proclamation? What meanings does this notion engender in Latin America in the 21st century?

SYMPOSIUM: October 8th, 2014

This exhibition will be accompanied by an International Mail Art Symposium with a special focus on Latin America. This event will take place at Phoenix Art Museum on October 8th, 2014, from 6 to 8 pm in Singer Hall, with the participation of John Held Jr., Mauricio Marcin Álvarez, and Vanessa Davidson. The symposium is free and open to the public.