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Published: 01/10/2014
CONTACT(s):
Suzanne Sbarge Executive Director, 516 ARTS • www.516arts.org 516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 w. 505-242-1445 • c. 505-235-7580 suzanne@516arts.org

Digital Latin America

516 ARTS and partners present Digital Latin America, an international exhibition and series of events exploring cultural and technological exchanges of art and ideas with Latin America.
WHAT:                           Digital Latin America
                                      Multi-site Exhibition, Symposium & Downtown Block Party
                                      Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

WHEN & WHERE:      • Main exhibition at 516 ARTS with off-site work at The Albuquerque Museum: June 7 – August 30, 2014 • Opening Reception: Saturday, June 7, 5-9pm at 516 ARTS
                                    • Symposium at The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History:
                                      Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm, June 7 & 8, 2014
                                    • Downtown Block Party on Central Avenue between 5th & 6th Streets:
                                      Saturday, June 7, 5-9pm
                                    • Satellite exhibition at UNM Art Museum:
                                      June 6 – July 26, 2014 • Opening Reception: Friday, June 6, 6-8pm

LOCATIONS:                516 ARTS: 516 Central Ave. SW, www.516arts.org
                                      The Albuquerque Museum: 2000 Mountain Rd. NW, www.albuquerquemuseum.org
                                      UNM Art Museum: Popejoy Hall, UNM Main Campus, www.unmartmuseum.org

CONTACTS:                 Suzanne Sbarge, Executive Director, 516 ARTS, 505-242-1445, suzanne@516arts.org
                                     Teresa Buscemi, Program Coordinator, 516 ARTS, 505-242-1445, teresa@516arts.org
                                     Andrew Connors, Curator of Art, The Albuquerque Museum, 505-243-7255, aconnors@cabq.gov
                                     Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director, UNM Art Museum, 505-277-6002, lbecker@unm.edu

516 ARTS announces Digital Latin America, an outgrowth of the Latin American Forum for the award-winning International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2012) produced by 516 ARTS in 2012. It will explore the North/South axis of cultural development and exchange between South America, Central America and the United States. Presenting partners are UNM Art Museum, The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Digital Latin America looks at the ways in which artists negotiate the complex terrain between global and local, virtual and real, and political and private, in the creation of work that proposes alternative understandings of technology, art and cultural exchange. Connecting individuals, cultures, traditions and social histories to a rapidly expanding global network remains not only a pressing challenge, but a profound opportunity and necessity. The utopian notion of closing the “digital divide” represents a paradigm shift that encourages the participation of all communities and cultures to express themselves through contemporary methods and continue a progressive existence in today’s technology dependent society.

Digital Latin America includes:


• EXHIBITION: The multi-site, international art exhibition highlights 15 contemporary artists from Latin America and the U.S. with innovative, interactive artwork. Featured Latin American artists are from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, and artists residing in the U.S. are from New Mexico, Texas, Kansas and New York. It is curated through a combined invitational and juried process, which involved a planning committee made up of leading minds from Latin America, New Mexico and the region. The exhibition is based at 516 ARTS with off-site artworks at UNM Art Museum and The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. It is accompanied by an exhibition catalog published by the acclaimed Radius Books.

• SYMPOSIUM: The Opening Weekend Symposium will showcase presentations, workshops and performances in new media art that address the intersecting fields of art, technology and science in Latin America and the United States. Mexican keynote speaker Pablo Helguera, Director of Adult and Academic Programs at the Museum of Modern Art, will present on the subject of social networks and the relationship between on site and online. The Symposium is organized by 516 ARTS and is hosted by The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History.

• BLOCK PARTY: The Downtown Block Party will feature an array of visual and performing arts, as well as food and entertainment celebrating the arts and cultures of Latin America and New Mexico. It will offer fun for all ages in Albuquerque’s urban center, with performances, projections, illuminated projects, kinetic sculptures and interactive demos. The Downtown Block Party is presented by 516 ARTS on Central Avenue between 5th & 6th Streets in Downtown Albuquerque.

EXHIBITION ARTISTS:

At 516 ARTS:

     Jessica Angel
     Hernando Barragán
     Giselle Beiguelman
     Rejane Cantoni & Leonardo Crescenti
     Paula Gaetano-Adi
     Matt Garcia
     Amor Muñoz
     Jessica Pizaña Roberts
     Paola Torres Nuñez del Prado
     Claudia X. Valdes
     Gabriel Vanegas
     Javier Villegas
     Will Wilson

At UNM Art Museum:

     Oscar Muñoz: Biografías
     Curated by Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director, UNM Art Museum

At The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History:

     Elizabeth Cunningham

EDUCATION PROGRAM:
In addition to the Opening Weekend Symposium and the Downtown Block Party, Digital Latin America programs include a STEM + Art Education for youth produced with the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), featuring a series of school workshops with artists Agnes Chavez, Matt Garcia and Marion Martinez, culminating in a youth exhibit in the NHCC Education Gallery.

ABOUT 516 ARTS:
516 ARTS is an independent, nonprofit arts and education organization offering programs that inspire curiosity, dialogue, risk-taking and creative experimentation and showcasing established and emerging local, national and international artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds. www.516arts.org
For information about our partners:
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