Exhibition Details

Location: Steele Gallery
Dates: September 1, 2017
to December 31, 2017

Coming September 1 to Phoenix Art Museum, Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo presents a rare panorama of the most innovative art produced in Brazil from the 1990s to the 2010s. The exhibition will be the first major presentation of artworks from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo (MAM-SP) in the United States. Premiering on September First FridayPast/Future/Present will feature 70 artworks created by 59 artists in diverse media, including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, and video.

The exhibition is organized around five disparate but interconnected themes: The Body/The Social Body; Shifting Identities; The Reinvention of the Monochrome; Landscape, Reimagined; and Impossible Objects. These thematic nuclei have porous boundaries that enable visitors to chart their own paths. The works range from small objects to monumental installations, each unique in scope and subject matter.

Although these artworks may differ esthetically, there is much that connects them conceptually. Common threads are recurrent references to Brazilian history, shared experiences, indigenous mythologies, and social norms (and transgressions). The featured artists often invoke national art histories, either in tribute or subversion, but also engage with international artistic trends. The title Past/Future/Present alludes to the creative dialogues they maintain with past Brazilian artistic traditions while also looking toward the future with a wider, global perspective.

This exhibition is a singular opportunity for American audiences to experience an in-depth look at the practice of Brazilian artists now recognized as the pioneers of their generation. The diversity of their proposals illustrates that contemporary Brazilian art cannot be defined by a single “ism” or contained within any one category. These artists enter into dialogues with the traditions of the past at the same time that they participate in current global artistic discussions. Their simultaneous engagement with the past and the future speaks to a singular creative present, and has made Brazil a serious contender on the international stage of contemporary art.

Because the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art houses one of the most important collections of Brazilian art in the world, this exhibition represents only one constellation of artworks among many others that could be imagined. It is not intended as a definitive survey of contemporary artistic production in Brazil, but rather to contribute to the ongoing conversation about what Brazilian art is and can be.

Public Programs
During the course of the exhibition, featured artists Vik Muniz and Cássio Vasconcellos will travel from Brazil to Phoenix to give public lectures on their artistic practice. Laura Lima is scheduled to present a public lecture in Spring 2018. Click here to learn more and see the full lecture schedule. 
Beginning in August, the Museum will also host a Past/Future/ Present film series, bringing an even wider view of Brazil to Phoenix through screenings of five films. Click here to learn more and see the full film schedule.

Featured Artists 

Albano Afonso, Keila Alaver, Efrain Almeida, Rafael Assef, Dora Longo Bahia, Rodrigo Braga, Waltercio Caldas, Rogério Canella, Carlito Carvalhosa, Leda Catunda, Lia Chaia, Sandra Cinto, Felipe Cohen, Rochelle Costi, José Damasceno, Lenora de Barros, Antonio Dias, Iran do Espírito Santo, Marcius Galan, Anna Bella Geiger, Carmela Gross, Tadeu Jungle, Lucia Koch, Nelson Leirner, Jac Leirner, José Leonilson, Artur Lescher, Laura Lima, Antonio Manuel, Cinthia Marcelle, Marepe, Rodrigo Matheus, Cildo Meireles, Beatriz Milhazes, Odires Mlászho, Marcelo Moscheta, Pedro Motta, Vik Muniz, Ernesto Neto, Rivane Neuenschwander, Nazareth Pacheco, Rosana Paulino, Pazé, Penna Prearo, Florian Raiss, Caio Reisewitz, Rosângela Rennó, Eryk Rocha & Tunga, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Regina Silveira, Valeska Soares, Ana Maria Tavares, Tunga, Adriana Varejão, Cássio Vasconcellos, Laura Vinci, Carlos Zilio, Marcelo Zocchio.

Circles Exhibition Preview: Thursday, August 31, 5:30 – 7:30 pm (see more)
Member Preview: Friday, September 1, 10 am - 5 pm (see more)
On view to the public from September 1 through December 31, 2017.
Be social. Art is social. Share your exhibition experience: @phxart #PhxArtBrazil

Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo is organized by Phoenix Art Museum in collaboration with the Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo (MAM-SP). This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, the J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation and the Margaret T. Morris Foundation.



From the Curators

For an in-depth preview of the exhibition, click here for the official curatorial statement from Dr. Vanessa Davidson, Phoenix Art Museum's Shawn and Joe Lampe Curator of Latin American Art, and Dr. Cauê Alves from the Museu Brasileiro da Escultura e Ecologia de São Paulo.

Click here to purchase the exhibition catalogue produced by Arizona design agency P.S. Studios and co-published by Phoenix Art Museum and Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo.




In the News

"You Need to See This Brazilian Exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum"—Phoenix New Times

"5 must-see Brazilian works in 'Past/Future/Present' at Phoenix Art Museum"—azcentral


Admission is free for Phoenix Art Museum Members, Military Members and youth aged 5 and under. Not a Member yet? Join here.
This special engagement exhibition is offered at $5 for all ages, plus general admission (required). For a full breakdown of general admission prices, click here. 
This special engagement exhibition is offered to the general public for $5 during free-access/voluntary donation hours from 3 – 9 pm each Wednesday, from 6 – 10 pm on the First Friday of each month and the second weekend of each month from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and noon – 5 pm on Sunday.
Interested in coming as a group? For group sales information, click here. 

Public Programs: Films

An introductory selection of Brazil’s most well-known directors and film historically pivotal works, this film series looks from Brazil’s cinematic past to its present and examines the possibilities for its future.

Click here for more information and full schedule.

Generously sponsored by Angela and Leonard Singer

Public Programs: Logan Lecture Series

The Logan Lecture Series brings outstanding Latin American artists to Phoenix to give public lectures on their practice and engage with our community. In 2017-2018, the series affords our visitors direct contact with four of the most innovative Brazilian artists working today.

Click here for more information and full schedule.

Generously sponsored by Kent and Vicki Logan

Press Information

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Image Credits

Exhibition Page: Lia Chaia, Minhocão (detail), 2006. Video installation 18’05”. Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo Collection, Loan from Eduardo Brandão and Jan Fjeld. Photo by Edouard Fraipont.

Left: Dora Longo Bahia, Fúlvio e a Medusa (Fúlvio and the Medusa), 2001. Cibrachrome transparency, light box, and alabaster. Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo Collection, Loan from Eduardo Brandão and Jan Fjeld. Photo by Ding Musa.
Center: Odires Mlászho, Marcus Aurelius (da série: Cavo um fóssil repleto de anzóis) (Marcus Aurelius [from the series: I Dig Up a Fossil Full of Hooks]), 1996. Photograph. Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo Collection, Gift of José Mindlin. Photo by Odires Mlászho.
Right: Keila Alaver, Sem título (Untitled), 2000. Leather, photograph, and wood. Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo Collection, Loan from Eduardo Brandão and Jan Fjeld. Photo by Ding Musa.