The Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College reopens on Sunday, April 28th with the provocative exhibition Pre-Columbian Remix: The Art of Enrique Chagoya, Demián Flores, Rubén Ortiz-Torres, and Nadín Ospina, and a grand daylong celebration which is free and open to the public. (The Museum had been closed for ten months during extensive HVAC renovation work.) Free admission with tours of the exhibition, Latin jazz, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and activities for the entire family are planned for opening day. The memory of pre-Columbian cultures, of its icons and myths, is ever present throughout Latin America. In fact, in most Latin American countries, the very idea of Pre-Columbian heritage (indigenous culture before European colonization) has been a strategy to reinforce national unity. But this trend is being challenged by four leading Latin American artists, whose work is the focus of the exhibition Pre-Columbian Remix, on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art, from April 28 through July 14, 2013. 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, provocative, twenty-first century composite portrait. Re-mixed, and renewed, the past becomes accessible under very different perspectives. 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). The works are by Enrique Chagoya, Demián Flores, Rubén Ortiz Torres, and Nadín Ospina. The Neuberger Museum of Art has organized the following exhibition-related programs and events in conjunction with the exhibition. They are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise specified.
Sunday, April 28, 1:00–4:00 pm. Public Opening Celebration of Museum and Pre-Columbian Remix. Latin jazz; white wine sangria; empanadas, salsa, crab cakes, vegetable burritos, and more! Pre-Columbian Remix curator Patrice Giasson and the artists will be in attendance. Family activities occur throughout the afternoon. Admission and refreshments are free.
Wednesday, May 1, 4:45–8:00 pm. Neu First Wednesdays: Pre-Columbian Sacrifice Remix (Devotional Altar). 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, celebrating the re-opening of the Museum and the exhibition Pre-Columbian Remix. Witness a neo-mambo performance in the flesh: dj/vj artists live-mix videos of contemporary Mexican and pre-Columbian life, and dancers perform to live music, creating an experience that can’t be replicated. Come dance with us! Admission and refreshments are free.
Thursday, May 2, 7:00 pm. Art Comes to the Street: Sonido Apokalitzin and Joanquín Barriendos in Conversation. Join Mexico-City based performance artist group Sonido Apokalitzin and Joaquín Barriendos, a professor in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University, and exhibition catalgoue essayist, in a conversation about urban culture and society in contemporary Mexico. Open to the public.
Sunday, May 5, 2:00 pm. Commemorate Cinco de Mayo with a special tour. Join us when we commemorate this historical day with a special docent-led tour around its cultural significance as reflected in the artworks included in Pre-Columbian Remix.
Saturday, June 1, 1:00–4:00 pm. Family First Saturdays: Personal Stories, Ancient Books. Workshop for kids tots to ten, accompanied by an adult: look at the work of artist Enrique Chagoya, who connects ancient Aztec book-making traditions with his imaginative stories of popular characters, then illustrate a book which tells a story of an imaginary character. Admission and refreshments are free.
Friday, June 21, 7:00 pm. Art in Dialogue: a single work of art from Pre-Columbian Remix. Join in an extended conversation with a museum educator around a single work of art from the exhibition Pre-Columbian Remix. Enjoy the opportunity to have “a long look” at a great work of art, and the chance to converse with fellow art-lovers. Reservations are required due to space limitations. Art in Dialogue takes place after the galleries are closed to the public.
The Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College engages and inspires diverse audiences by actively fostering the study, appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of modern art, African art, and the art of our time. The Museum is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, New York (Westchester). 914-251-6100. Visit www.neuberger.org.