Guayasamín's Art in Motion

art_in_motion_bannerTop Left: Oswaldo Guayasamín. Right: Mural Ecuador (1952) by Oswaldo Guayasamín (Huacayñán). Courtesy of the Fundación Guayasamín. ©

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Art in Motion- Guayasamín's Ecuador Unframed

Art in Motion / Guayasamín’s Ecuador Unframed opens September 3rd at the Crossroads Gallery for Contemporary Art.  The exhibition runs through October 28, 2014.

The exhibit is a collaboration between a faculty research group headed by Carlos Jáuregui and a teaching group headed by Tatiana Botero with professors Parroquin, Mangione-Lora and Topash-Rios at the University of Notre Dame that combines art and technology, and explores questions of race, identity, and politics. It was designed for both the Notre Dame and South Bend/Mishawaka communities, and it encourages a conversation between the two.  Outreach is a major emphasis of this project, growing out of the pedagogy of community engagement that is fostered by the Center for Social Concerns. Art in Motion / Guayasamín’s Ecuador Unframed bridges cultural theory, mathematical analysis, media visualization, and computer programming in an innovative installation of the mural Ecuador (1952), a major art work by Oswaldo Guayasamín, one of the most prominent Latin American artists of the twentieth century.

Identity is always in motion. Such is the feeling behind Guayasamín’s mural. Intended to represent the inherent antagonisms and racial multiplicity of the Ecuadorian nation, the mural is composed of five movable and interchangeable panels. Unfortunately, the mural, which is currently exhibited in La Capilla del Hombre, Quito, Ecuador, was framed and thus immobilized…until now.

The only archival quality reproduction of the mural will be exhibited alongside a digital interface at the Crossroads Gallery. This digital interface allows visitors to view 30,720 potential configurations of the piece, and even to virtually create their own mural. Let’s unframe Ecuador!

Please join us for the opening reception and lecture at the Crossroads Gallery on September 3rd, from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm. The lecture program includes the artist’s grandson and director of the Fundación Guayasamín—Mr. Pablo Guayasamín Madriñán, Professor Michael Handelsman of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville—a renowned scholar on Ecuador, particularly on Afro-Ecuadorian communities, and John Warren—Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. We cordially invite you again on October 28th from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm for the closing reception and a lecture by distinguished Professor Regina Harrison of the University of Maryland.

There will be a free round trip shuttle service available both nights, leaving from the University of Notre Dame Library Circle at 4:30, 5:15 and 5:45 PM.

If you are interested in learning more about the artist, the mural, and the exhibit, materials will be available on the NDCAC web site, including teaching resources and lesson plans developed by South Bend area teachers for art, creative writing, math, and Spanish, as well as YouTube instructional videos prepared by ND graduate students.

Funding for ART IN MOTION / GUAYASAMÍN’S ECUADOR UNFRAMED has been provided by: the Fundación Guayasamín; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies of the University of Notre Dame; the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture; the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts-Henkels Lecture Fund; the Notre Dame Center for Creative Computing; the Notre Dame Office of Research; the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi; the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns; a College of Arts and Letters Teaching Beyond the Classroom Grant; Morris Inn at Notre Dame; the Notre Dame Departments of Romance Languages and Literatures, Africana Studies, and Anthropology; the Institute for Latino Studies; and The Frame Factory.

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