Radical Women, Brooklyn Museum, Ester Hernández, Chicana art, Sara Gómez, Marta Moreno Vega, Lygia Pape, Ana Mendieta, Marta Minujín, Margarita Paksa, Victoria Santa Cruz, Latina art, feminism, Feliza Bursztyn, Zilia Sánchez, feminist art, Latin American women artists,
Art by Silvia Palacios Whitman. Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum

The multi-media exhibition “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985,” includes paintings, sculpture, photography, video, and performance by renowned artists such as Lygia Pape, Ana Mendieta and Marta Minujín.

Art by Silvia Palacios Whitman. Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum

“Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985,” the first comprehensive exhibition to explore art created by women in Latin America and of Latina and Chicana women in the United States, is opening on Friday, April 13, at the Brooklyn Museum. More than 260 works by more than 120 artists from 15 countries will be on view until Sunday, July 22.

“The exhibition is a remarkable scholarly achievement, expanding the canon and complicating known narratives of conceptual art and radical art-making,” said Catherine Morris, senior curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

“Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985,” highlights work created during a time of political and social turmoil in many Latin American countries, a period that saw the emergence of multiple dictatorships as well as interventions by the government of the United States.

The exhibition gives voice to women across Latin America and the United States who have historically been excluded and reflects on feminist concerns such as bodily autonomy, social norms and gender-based violence. “Radical Women” presents the artists’ various approaches to feminism in relation to their geographic context and their specific political and social backgrounds.

Victoria Santa Cruz. Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum

The artworks on view range from painting and sculpture to photography, video, performance, and other new mediums. Included are emblematic figures such as Lygia Pape, Ana Mendieta, and Marta Minujín, alongside lesser‐known names such as Cuban‐born abstract painter Zilia Sánchez; Colombian sculptor Feliza Bursztyn; Peruvian composer, choreographer, and activist Victoria Santa Cruz; and Argentine mixed‐media artist Margarita Paksa. The exhibit also includes Nuyorican portraits by photographer Sophie Rivera, as well as work from Chicana graphic arts pioneer Ester Hernández, Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez, and Afro-Latina activist and artist Marta Moreno Vega.

“Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985” is part of the museum’s series “Radical Women,” a continuation of previous exhibitions such as “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women.” Brooklyn Museum is celebrating the opening its new exhibition with a day-long program including a curator tour, conversations and performances on Saturday, April 14. Tickets, which include general admission, are $25 for the entire program; $16 excluding the curator tour.

The Brooklyn Museum Presents: Radical Women – Latin American Art, 1960–1985

When: April 13 to July 22, 2018

Where: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052

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“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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