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