Cecilia Vicuña’s “About to Happen” and Alice Rahon’s “Poetic Invocations”
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) is presenting two exhibitions showcasing women artists ― Cecilia Vicuña’s “Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen” and the late French-Mexican Surrealist Alice Rahon’s “Poetic Invocations.” Both exhibitions remain on view through Sunday, March 29, 2020. (Reception on Dec. 5, 8-11pm.) RSVP: http://bit.ly/33Uu9Xv
On Saturday, Dec. 7, artist Cecilia Vicuña will host a participatory improvisational performance, the creation of a living quipu. Inspired by the ancient Andean tradition of “talking knots,” the living quipu will celebrate tactile knowledge and interconnections across the cosmos. This performance is a dynamic form of storytelling in which unspun wool and language weave a vibrant matrix of connections and possibility. Following the performance, Vicuña will join co-curators Andrea Andersson and Julia Bryan-Wilson to unpack ideas and contexts informing the artist’s process through a conversation.
Cecilia Vicuña was recently recognized as a finalist of the 13th Hugo Boss Prize, which celebrates the work of remarkable artists whose practices are among the most innovative and influential of our time. The first major U.S. solo exhibition of influential Chilean-born artist Cecilia Vicuña, “About to Happen” traces Vicuña’s career-long commitment to exploring displaced materials, peoples, and landscapes in a time of climate change. It is comprised of Vicuña’s multidisciplinary work in performance, sculpture, drawing, video, text, and site-specific installations created over 40 years. For the first time in this traveling exhibition, the show will include painting, a practice Vicuña began during the 1970s and to which she has recently returned, in some cases repainting lost works from memory. The exhibition is co-curated by Andrea Andersson, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the CAC, and Julia Bryan-Wilson, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley.
“Poetic Invocations” marks the first solo show dedicated to Alice Rahon’s work in the U.S. in 55 years. Born in France and later nationalized as a Mexican, Rahon became an active member of a group of European Surrealist artists in exile. This exhibition examines a robust moment that emerged in 1940 as an international community of artists fled World War II in Europe and settled in Mexico. It will feature approximately 30 works including paintings, works on paper, as well as archival material that emphasizes Rahon´s oeuvre as a whole. The exhibition is guest curated by Mexico City-based art historian Tere Arcq. Arcq has worked as chief curator at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, and has independently produced many high-profile exhibitions.
Image: Cecilia Vicuña, El Paro/The Strike, 2018, after the lost original 1977. 54 x 63.5 x 1 in. Oil on linen. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul.