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Smithsonian Latino Center Opens “Southern Identity: Contemporary Argentine Art”

October 12, 2010

The Smithsonian Latino Center opened its exhibition “Southern Identity: Contemporary Argentine Art” Oct. 11. The exhibition, organized with Argentina’s Secretariat of Culture, highlights 80 works by 32 living Argentine artists, including León Ferrari, Marta Minujín, Luis Felipe Noé, Nicola Constantino, Marcos López, Pablo Siquier and Marcia Schvartz. “Southern Identity: Contemporary Argentine Art” will be on view in the International Gallery of the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center through Jan. 23, 2011.

The bilingual exhibition presents an overview of the major movements and trends in Argentina’s national art scene since 1948 and is organized in four sections featuring political art, landscapes, national identities and abstraction. It is the largest survey of Argentine contemporary art ever organized in the United States and includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, video art, photography and prints representing the work of artists working in Buenos Aires and throughout Argentina’s provinces. The exhibition’s curators are Alberto Petrina, national director of patrimony and museums, and Andrés Duprat, director of visual arts; both are from Argentina’s Secretariat of Culture.

“Southern Identity” is part of the public program and exhibition series Argentina at the Smithsonian 2010 that commemorates Argentina’s bicentennial and features more than 20 free public programs between March and January, including tango and jazz concerts, hands-on design programs, film screenings, artists’ dialogues, spoken-word readings, family days and scholarly lectures. This series also features the exhibition “Buenos Aires, El Instante Siguiente: Contemporary Photography from Argentina,” which is on view between Oct. 18 and Nov. 16 in the Terrace Level Gallery of the Organization of American States at 1889 F Street N.W.

The Smithsonian Latino Center is the division of the Smithsonian Institution that ensures that Latino contributions to art, science and the humanities are highlighted, understood and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution and its affiliated organizations across the United States and internationally.

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Southern Identity: About to Laugh

Artist: Susana Dragotta

“Raya la carcajada”
(“About to Laugh”)
Vinyl fabric, mosquito netting, zippers, clips, plastic strips
Varying dimensions, 130 x 130 x 100 cm.

Collection of the artist.


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Southern Identity: Armado

Artist: Fermín Eguía

Watercolor on paper
25.5 x 38 cm.

Private collection.


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Southern Identity: C.A.O.S. Sociedad Anónima

Credit: Luis Felipe Noé

“C.A.O.S. Sociedad Anónima”
mixed media on canvas


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Southern Identity: Erased Head

Artist: Daniel García

“Erased Head”
Acrylic on canvas
150 x150 cm.

Collection of the artist.

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Southern Identity: Estructura y semicurvas en gas neón

Credit: Gyula Cosice

“Estructura y semicurvas en gas neón”
neon sculpture


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Southern Identity: Fondo K

Artist: Marcia Schvartz

“Fondo K”
(“Background K”)
Mixed media on wood
110 x 182 cm.

Collection of the artist.


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Southern Identity: Geometría Blanda

Credit: Marta Minujín

"Geometría Blanda"
mixed media sculpture


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Southern Identity: Shirtless Giant

Artist: Daniel Santoro

“El descamisado gigante expulsado de la ciudad”
(“The Shirtless Giant Expelled from the City”)
Oil on canvas
140 x 90 cm.

Private collection.

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Southern Identity: Word Carrier

Artist: Juan Carlos Distéfano

“Portadora de la palabra”
(“Word carrier”)
Reinforced polyester and various materials
177 x 58 x 47 and 17 x 67 x 53cm.

Private collection.