PULSO / Art of the Americas

Pulso / Art of the Americas / Arte de las Américas
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Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) is celebrating the opening of Pulso | Art of the Americas, a unique collaborative exhibition with Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), at a reception to be held on Wednesday, October 30 from 6-9 p.m.

Featuring the work of 28 national and international artists, Pulsois rooted in an exploration of the ways in which regional boundaries affect the perception of art. While the artists involved all have ties to Latin America, this collaborative exhibition frees itself from the confines of such labels by allowing the diversity of medium and subject matter to challenge cultural preconceptions of contemporary art and strengthen the dialogue among artists, both locally and globally.

Exhibition poster

“This group of artists challenges the clichéd perceptions of what art of the Americas is by exploring a wide range of media and themes,” said Salvador Jiménez, the KCAD Community Arts Advocate who served as guest curator for the exhibition. “We want to represent a diverse group of artists positioned within the broadest developments of contemporary art. Most are international exhibitors.”

Both the reception and the exhibition will span between KCAD, which will host work in the newly remodeled and expansive Fed Galleries, and UICA, which will utilize a variety of its versatile gallery spaces.

“Riding the Beast” by Carlos Barberena

The following artists are being featured at KCAD:

·       Carlos Aceves

·       Carlos Barberena

·       Mandy Cano Villalobos

·       Javier Chavira

·       Nacho Chincoya

·       Miguel Cortez

·       Edith García

·       Sergio Gomez

·       Alynn Guerra

·       Las Hermanas Iglesias

·       Nicole Marroquin

·       Gretchen Minnhaar

·       Esteban de Valle

·       Margaret Vega

The other fourteen artists, listed below, are being featured at UICA:

·       Saul Aguirre

·       Adriana Baltazar

·       Felipe Baez

·       Juan Angel Chávez

·       Hugo Claudin

·       Salvador Jiménez Flores

·       Eric García

·       María Gaspar

·       Gerardo Hacer

·       Ulises Matamoros Ascención

·       Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves Ruiz

·       Marcos Raya

·       Ricardo Santos Hernández

·       Gabriel Villa

Pulso will further the strong collaborative bond between two institutions that share a common goal of community engagement.

“It’s always been natural to work with UICA,” KCAD Director of Exhibitions Sarah Joseph noted. “Now that a permanent partnership has been forged between our two organizations, we’re in an even better position to expand the exhibition’s reach.”

“Ciudadanos Desechables” by Salvador Jiménez Flores

“Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts is proud to showcase current Latin American artists and build stronger connections to the Hispanic community in Grand Rapids,” added UICA Exhibitions Curator Alexander Paschka. “We chose our pieces to highlight the collaborative nature UICA seeks to build between the diverse communities of West Michigan.”

Pulso opens Oct. 30 and will run through Dec. 4. Additional events and programming surrounding the exhibition will be announced in the days to come.


About carlosbarberena

Carlos Barberena is a Nicaraguan self-taught Printmaker based in Chicago where he runs his printmaking project La Calaca Press. Barberena has exhibited individually in Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and The USA. His work has been shown in important Art Fairs, Art Biennials, Museums, Galleries, Universities and Cultural Centers around the world, among them: the 7 International Printmaking Biennial of Douro at the Lamego Museum in Portugal; Printmaking In / In Graafika Fest at Linnagallerii, Parnu, Estonia; the IX Nicaraguan Visual Arts Biennial (IX BAVNIC) - Ortiz-Gurdián Foundation. “Recycling Memory: Recapturing the Lost City” curated by Omar López-Chahoud. PAC Museum, Managua, Nicaragua; Tartu Printmaking Fest 2014, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia; LAPS 21, National Printmaking Biennial, CSUN Art Galleries, Northridge, CA; Pulso: Arte de las Américas, KCAD Fed Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI; “Santitos” curated by René Arceo, Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago; Hanal Pixan - Food for the Souls, curated by Dolores Mercado, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago; III Bronx Latin American Art Biennial, Bronx, New York; “Les Saltimbanques” an homage to Gustave Doré at the Musée d’Art Roger-Quilliot - MARQ - in France, where his work was exhibited alongside Doré’s Masterpiece; III World Body Art Conference in Venezuela, Lia Bermudez Museum; V Biennial of Caribbean Dominican Republic, Museum of the Dominican Man; 8th Triennial - Mondial de L’Estampe et de la Gravure Originale in Chamalieres, France; 6th KIWA at the Kyoto Museum of Art in Japan; Takanabe Art Museum, Miyazaki, Japan; Latin American & Nicaraguan Printmaking, former Convent of San Francisco Museum, Granada, Nicaragua; 24 Grafiekbiennale Sint-Niklaas, International Exlibriscentrum, Stedelijke Musea, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium and the XIII Art Salon, Identity Imprint: A Glance at Ibero-American Printmaking at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC. He has received various awards, most notably the “National Printmaking Award 2012” given by the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture in Managua, Nicaragua and the award- poster for the Ecology and Human Rights in Banana Plantations in Costa Rica, given by GEBANA in Berlin, Germany. Barberena’s work is included in numerous public and private collections, including Ortíz-Gurdián Museum, León, Nicaragua; Douro Printmaking Biennial Collection, Museu do Gravura, Alijo, Portugal; Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago, USA; Artist Printmaker Research Collection, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA; Special Collection, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, USA; The National Gallery, San José, Costa Rica; Museum of Contemporary Art “Julio Cortazar”, Managua, Nicaragua; Permanent Art Collection of the Bibliotheca of Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt; Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois; KIWA, Kyoto, Japan; the School of Fine Arts, (UNAM), Mexico; the Triennial Prints Cabinet, AMAC, France, the International Exlibriscentrum, Stedelijke Museum in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium; the Lia Bermudez Museum, Venezuela; Former Jesuit College Cultural Center, Patzcuaro, Mexico and Praxis Gallery of Nicaragua. www.carlosbarberena.com
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