Latin American exhibition a first for the Shenandoah Valley Museum | Winchester Star

WINCHESTER – There’s a great depth of discovery in the artwork featured in a new exhibit at the Shenandoah Valley Museum.

“Destination: Latin America,” which has been touring nationally for more than six years, celebrates 29 Latin American artists with pieces from the 1930s to present. The exhibit launched Sept. 3 and will run through Jan. 8 at the museum at 901 Amherst St. in Winchester.

“This is the first exhibition we’ve had that is solely focused on Latin American art,” said Julie Armel, deputy director of marketing and communications at the museum.

New to the DC, Maryland, Virginia area, the exhibit has received “very, very positive” feedback so far from museum visitors, Armel said.

Customer services “got a lot of thanks,” she said.

The exhibition is organized chronologically into five sections so that the oldest works, from 1933 to the end of the 1950s, are in the first two rooms, while more contemporary works illuminate the last three areas of the exhibition. .

The artists, in addition to their extensive Latin American heritage, have diverse experiences living or working in the United States, Europe and elsewhere in the world and learning from other artists of their time, said Nancy Huth, director Museum Arts and Education Assistant. .

“It shows, in some ways, how small the world is,” Huth said.

A large piece by Venezuelan artist Jesus Rafael Soto who also spent a lot of time in France, ‘Bleu sur le rectangle’, from 1965, shows a series of squares placed in front of a screen of tightly arranged white lines, providing an illusion of optics that give the impression that the work of art is vibrating.

Another work, “Once Was I,” a 2016 piece by Engels the Artist, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but living in Brooklyn for more than 30 years, shows a gold frame attempting to contain a snow-white 3D oil. on canvas as it seems to extend from the wall and overflow its space.

Artists of the early 20th century and later began to reject previous standards of what works of art should be, Huth said. Color, shape, line, texture and space, she said, were all up to interpretation.

It’s about “breaking that picture plane”.

Another striking piece features the image of a young man on a bicycle dressed in a Superman costume. “Superman,” from Mexican photographer Dulce Pinzon’s “A True Story of Superheroes” series from 2005 to 2010, combines the real and the fantastic to illustrate the everyday superheroes who work in America to send money to their loved ones, improving the lives of countless others while slipping under the radar of society’s expectations of greatness.

Other notable pieces in the exhibition include “An Aztec Indian Scene” painted circa 1947 by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949), one of the most influential muralists of the 20th century, and four lithographs by 1969 portfolio “Mujeres (Women)” by Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991) – a famous Mexican artist known for combining modern European painting styles, such as Cubism and Surrealism, with Mexican folk themes.

Through their work, many artists were responding to social, political and economic issues from the 1950s to the late 2010s, but Huth also noted in the statement “that the exhibition demonstrates the role of Latin American artists in the development Geometry International. and abstract art and their continued contribution to figurative styles.

The gallery’s first room features works created after the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) by artists who rejected copying European styles and instead focused on local landscapes, everyday scenes and Mexican history, according to a recent press release from the museum.

Then, paintings and sculptures created in the second half of the 20th century bear witness to Latin America’s interest in the abstract.

The other three sections feature works by Caribbean and South American artists inspired by African art, surrealism and magical realism; art created in response to military rule in several South American countries when artists faced censorship; and works by contemporary artists that address global themes of identity, political struggle, consumerism, violence and repression, the statement said.

“Destination: Latin America” is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College, part of the State University of New York. His Winchester screen is sponsored by Shenandoah Oncology and iHeartMedia.

The exhibition includes more than 60 paintings, photographs, prints, books, drawings and sculptures.

As part of the exhibition, the museum will offer various webinars and other programs:

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Huth will lead the Art @ Happy Hour virtual webinar which showcases modern and contemporary art alongside a beer from south of the border. Tickets are free, but donations are accepted. Register for the event at

From 6:30-7:30 p.m. on October 4, Pinzon will host a Meet the Artist webinar. Tickets are free but donations are encouraged. Register before October 3 on

Other programs are the free music program, Mexilachian Music, at and the Atelier Calaveras youth programs at and the Cuban Collaborations at

“It’s always nice for us to present something new,” Armel said.

For more information about the exhibition or the museum, call 540-662-1473 or visit

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