SOCIALES: DÉBORA ARANGO LLEGA HOY / DÉBORA ARANGO ARRIVES TODAY

September 23, 2012 – January 20, 2013

Organized as a collaboration between the Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin MAMM, and MOLAA,
and curated by Oscar Roldán, Chief Curator of MAMM
• Members Opening: September 22

Organized as a collaboration between the Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin MAMM, and MOLAA, and curated by Oscar Roldán, Chief Curator of MAMM, the exhibition Sociales: Débora Arango Llega Hoy, will be on view at the Museum of Latin American Art from September 23, 2012 to January 27, 2013, and will tour to the Mint Museum in North Carolina and to the Museo del Barrio in New York.

This is the overdue first show by Débora Arango in the United States, one of the most important and controversial modern artists from Colombia. Her work emerged in the 1930s when Colombia and particularly Medellin, was an extremely conservative and Catholic milieu. Débora Arango’s female nudes caused much debate and controversy between the 1930s and the 1970s. It is in fact extraordinary that Arango produced some of the most powerful nudes in the history of twentieth century art, as early as 1939, being a fervent practicing catholic in the conservative and backward context of Medellin.

Arango did not consider herself as liberal or revolutionary but she was critical of the society of her time and believed that art needs to be involved with the real world. Débora Arango referred herself as “expressionist”, to describe her strong desire to interpret reality via her own uncensored personal sensitivity and sensibility. Parallel to the expression of the female nude, at the beginning of the 1940s Arango started to produce works which were socially concerned, working on themes such as prostitution, poverty, women’s issues, historical events, violence, and injustice, for which she is also known today.

This exhibition includes the most emblematic works from every stage of her career, which were donated to MAMM by the artist before she died.

RELATED EVENTS:

PANEL DISCUSSION
Débora Arango / Lola Álvarez Bravo
Sunday, September 23, 2012, 2:00 - 4:00PM
Balboa Studio Room
Moderator: Cecilia Fajardo-Hill.
Panelists: Oscar Roldán Alzate, curator of Débora Arango Arrives Today (Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín); and Adriana Zavala, co-curator of Lóla Álvarez Bravo: The Photography of an Era.


ART CH@T
Women on Women
Thursday, November 8, 2012
7:30-9:00pm
Free Admission

Join Associate VP of Education Gabriela Martínez and Assistant Curator Selene Preciado in a conversation about women artists depicting women in Modern Art, related to the exhibitions Sociales: Débora Arango Arrives Today and Lóla Álvarez Bravo: The Photography of an Era.

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