Jonathas de Andrade
Cia de Foto
Alexandre da Cunha
Dias & Riedweg
Paulo Venancio Filho
Via Brasil presentations began unfolding across all the Wex's program areas in 2012, and will culminate in through 2014 with a major exhibition and documentary film series, a translation of film criticism, and complementary performing arts events.
Via Brasil presentations began unfolding across all the Wex's program
areas in 2012, and will culminate in through 2014 with a major exhibition
and documentary film series, a translation of film criticism, and
complementary performing arts events. With Via Brasil, the Wexner Center
strives to introduce our community to the unique and diverse cultural
landscape that contributes to the increasing prominence of Brazil on the
global arts scene.
Get ready to immerse yourself in Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil, encompassing all of our galleries (and then some) this February. The Portuguese word cruzamentos translates literally as “crossroads” or ‘”intersections,” but in Brazil it’s also a metaphor for the diverse cultural heritage that makes the country so distinct. In that spirit, this exhibition explores the work of almost 40 dynamic Brazilian artists—many of whom have never been widely exhibited in the US—whose practices and influences are as varied as the social, racial, and geographical composition of the country itself. The exhibition will include new and site-specific works, several of which you’ll encounter in unexpected places in and around the center.
Although a handful of postwar Brazilian artists have received recognition in North America (including Hélio Oiticica and Ernesto Neto, whose work has been exhibited at the Wex), the astonishingly high level of artistic production throughout Brazil over recent decades remains significantly overlooked beyond its borders. Between the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, all eyes will be trained on this rapidly evolving country and its political and economic development. Cruzamentos offers a timely focus on Brazil’s vibrant culture and is one culmination of the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary, four-year-long Via Brasil initiative.
Márcio Almeida, Jonathas de Andrade (in residence), Claudia Andujar, Luiza Baldan, Brígida Baltar, Laura Belém, Tatiana Blass, Rodrigo Braga, Gisele Camargo, Leda Catunda, Cia de Foto (a collective), Marcelo Cidade, Theo Craveiro, Alexandre da Cunha, José Damasceno, Detanico Lain (a collective), Dias & Riedweg, Marcius Galan, Alair Gomes, Fernanda Gomes, Cao Guimarães, Lucia Koch (in residence), Jac Leirner, Cristiano Lenhardt, Cinthia Marcelle, Vânia Mignone, Beatriz Milhazes, Odires Mlászho, Maria Nepomuceno, Caio Reisewitz, Rosângela Rennó, Regina Silveira, Adriana Varejão, Erika Verzutti, and Marcia Xavier.
Cocurated by the Wexner Center's Jennifer Lange (curator, Film/Video Studio Program), and Bill Horrigan (curator at large), along with distinguished contemporary art historian and independent curator Paulo Venâncio Filho (a professor at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro)
Via Brasil made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Jennifer Wray T 614 247 6241 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening: Friday, January 31, 7–9pm; dance party 9–11pm
Wexner Center for the Arts
The Ohio State University 1871, North High Street 614, Columbus
Admission: 8$ general public, 6$ 65+, free on Thursdays after 4pm