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Curator-Led Tour of “El Dorado: Myths of Gold” at the Americas Society
November 15 | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Join ArtTable for a curator-led tour of Pt I: El Dorado: Myths of Gold, exploring the legend of El Dorado as a foundational myth of the Americas. Artists in the show include Olga de Amaral, Denilson Baniwa, Bruno Baptistelli, Andrés Bedoya, Wendy Cabrera Rubio, Leda Catunda, Chiriquí artist, Coclé artists, william cordova, Juan Covelli, Covens & Mortier, Harmonia Rosales, Tiago Sant’Ana, Julia Santos Solomon, Moara Tupinambá, Laura Vinci, and Alberta Whittle.
During the colonization of the Americas, colonial fantasies of an Indigenous kingdom replete with gold and precious stones quickly permeated the European imagination, galvanizing the invasion of the continent and serving as a justification for genocide as well as the destruction of ancestral territories and the environment. As we come to terms with the long-term sociopolitical and environmental effects of this dynamic, there is a pressing need to reevaluate its influence on our identification as human beings and members of a globalized society. By placing historical and contemporary artworks together, the exhibition facilitates dialogues between past and present to investigate how the myth has shaped the value of gold, as well as that of territories, peoples, religious beliefs, and nature.
Thank you to Julia P Herzberg, PhD for coordinating this program.
Please see AS/COA website for exhibition funding acknowledgments.
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This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Image: Alberta Whittle, Jamestown Mythology: Amonute, 2023. Laser-engraved woodblock print on Somerset Satin 300 gsm paper with saliva embossed in gold, 23 5⁄8 × 26 5⁄8 inches (60 × 67.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd., Glasgow.
Aimé Iglesias Lukin is an art historian and curator. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, she has lived in New York since 2011. Her Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers University, titled “This Must Be the Place: Latin American Artists in New York 1965–1975,” became a show at Americas Society in 2021. She completed her M.A. at The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and her undergraduate studies in art history at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Her research received grants from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Terra and Andrew W. Mellon Foundations, and the ICAA Peter C. Marzio Award from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her writing has been presented at conferences internationally and published by prestigious museums and academic journals, including the New Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum. She curated exhibitions independently in museums and cultural centers and previously worked in the Modern and Contemporary Art Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art, and Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires.
Tie Jojima is an associate curator at Americas Society in New York and a PhD candidate in art history at the Graduate Center, CUNY, specializing in modern and contemporary Latin American art, with a focus on Brazilian art. Her larger research interests encompass performance and media art in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as contemporary Asian diasporic art practices in Latin America.
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