Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Immerse yourself in Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil, encompassing all of our galleries through April 20. The Portuguese word cruzamentos translates literally as “crossroads” or ‘”intersections,” but in Brazil it’s also a metaphor for the diverse cultural heritage that makes the country so distinct. In that spirit, this exhibition explores the work of 35 dynamic Brazilian artists—many of whom have never been widely exhibited in the US—whose practices and influences are as varied as the social, racial, and geographical composition of the country itself. The exhibition will include new and site-specific works, several of which you’ll encounter in unexpected places in and around the center.
You’ll see new work by Gisele Camargo, José Damasceno, Vânia Mignone, Odires Mlászho, Adriana Varejão, and a dazzling site-specific installation in our lobby by Lucia Koch. Also debuting here is a fascinating multimedia installation by Jonathas de Andrade that documents a horse-cart race he staged in his hometown of Recife. Both Koch and de Andrade are recipients of Wexner Center Artist Residency Awards in visual arts.
Although a handful of postwar Brazilian artists have received recognition in North America (including Hélio Oiticica and Ernesto Neto, whose work has been exhibited at the Wex), the astonishingly high level of artistic production throughout Brazil over recent decades remains significantly overlooked beyond its borders. Between the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, all eyes will be trained on this rapidly evolving country and its political and economic development. Cruzamentos offers a timely focus on Brazil’s vibrant culture and is one culmination of the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary, four-year-long Via Brasil initiative.
A beautiful, fully illustrated catalogue of the exhibition featuring essays by its curators and guest scholars, as well as entries on all the artists in the exhibition, is available now.
The exhibition was cocurated by the Wexner Center’s Curator at Large Bill Horrigan and Film/Video Studio Curator Jennifer Lange, along with Paulo Venancio Filho, professor of art history at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Via Brasil is organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts and made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.