June 25, 2014

“Delineating Colombia: Contemporary Artists Re-tracing Nature” with Monika Bravo, Georgia de Havenon, José Roca

Bard Graduate Center
Exhibition view of Waterweavers with work by Ceci Arango (foreground) and Monika Bravo (background). Photo: Juan Luque.

This forum will focus on the responses of artists to the Colombian landscape and their desire to document specific aspects of the natural world in personal terms. Artist Monika Bravo evokes the places where she has lived by intertwining the contemporary and ancient technologies of video and Arhuaco weaving. Curator José Roca and Monika Bravo will talk about the varied interpretations of landscape in the Waterweavers exhibition and the artist’s process of retrieving cultural memory and recording its loss. Art historian Georgia de Havenon, co-curator of the exhibition Unity of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas (on view at Americas Society), will discuss the impact of Humboldt’s scientific ideas on earlier generations of landscape artists in Colombia.

Monika Bravo, born in Bogotá, Colombia, is a multidisciplinary artist whose work has been presented at numerous venues, including the Sternesen Museum in Oslo; the Museo de Arte, Banco de la Republica in Bogotá; SITE Santa Fe; and the New Museum in New York.

Georgia de Havenon is an independent scholar and research associate in the Art of the Americas department at the Brooklyn Museum. She is co-curator, with Alicia Lubowski-Jahn, of the exhibition Unity of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas at Americas Society.

José Roca is adjunct curator of Latin American art at Tate Modern in London and artistic director of FLORA ars+natura in Bogotá.

This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture, on view through August 10 at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery.


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The Bard Graduate Center’s Gallery exhibitions, MA and PhD programs, and research initiatives explore new ways of thinking about decorative arts, design history, and material culture. Located in New York City, the BGC is an academic unit of Bard College.

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