Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States

  • Jan 30, 2016 – May 1, 2016
  • The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery
Fernando Botero, "Las Frutas (The Fruits)", 1964, oil on canvas.
Collection of Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami. ©1964 Fernando

Drawn from the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum collection, Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States explores the rich visual dialogue that occurred across the two Americas between 1919 and 1979. Included are 70 significant artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Puerto Rico, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The objects are grouped into 5 thematic sections: Mexican Muralism and Its Legacy; The Female Muse: Class, Gender, Race; Abstract Expressionism: A Pan American Language; Modernist Photography: Pan American Exchanges; and Geometric Abstraction and Its Legacy.

The exhibition analyzes the international artistic exchanges that occurred during these sixty years—through travel, academic training, and expatriation—to construct a fuller understanding of modernism as an intercontinental phenomenon. This novel approach to interpreting and contextualizing modern art and the exhibition's historic nature dispute the idea that the experimental, innovative course of modernism spread outward from the U.S. The superb artworks also validate the legacy of these artists and demonstrate their many contributions to the history of modern and avant-garde art.

Pan American Modernism was developed by the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, with tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. The project is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council and a Kohler grant from the International Programs Center, UNCG.

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Book Discussion: Isabel Allende • Thu Feb 25 @ 6pm

Films @ Hemphill Branch Library • Sat Feb 27 @ 2pm

Casa Azul Night @ WAM • Thu Mar 3 @ 6pm

Workshop for Educators • Sat Mar 5 @ 10am (registration required)

Noon @ the 'Spoon • Tue Mar 8 @ 12pm

Films @ Hemphill Branch Library • Sat Mar 12 @ 12:30pm

Family Film: Alamar • Sun Mar 20 @ 2pm

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Guest Lecture: Nathan J. Timpano • Thu Apr 14 @ 6pm

Films @ Hemphill Branch Library • Sat Apr 30 @ 1pm


Thank you to our in-kind sponsors Qué Pasa Media Network and 88.5 WFDD for their generous media support for Pan American Modernism.


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