Brown Brilliance Darkness Matter

Reception Friday, March 25, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Exhibition Continues through July 31 in the Local Artist Gallery 

Maria Gaspar (b.1980 Chicago) explores the NMMA Permanent Collection in dialogue with ephemera from her own personal surroundings. By reproducing, manipulating and preserving artifactual materials from history to promotional mementos and images, Gaspar attempts to reimagine new and complex realities for a contemporary cultural identity. The installation serves as a temporal frame that brings into question the role of static historical narratives within the abstract, using this platform as a space to create multiple meanings and imaginaries.

En un diálogo con su ambiente personal, María Gaspar (Chicago, 1980) explora la obra efémera de la Colección Permanente del NMMA. Al reproducir, manipular y preservar materiales de la historia hasta los recuerdos e imágenes de promoción “artefactual”, Gaspar intenta  volver a imaginar nuevas y complejas realidades para una identidad cultural contemporánea. La instalación sirve como un marco temporal que cuestiona el rol de las narrativas históricas estáticas dentro de lo abstracto, usando esta plataforma como un espacio para crear significados múltiples e imaginarios. 

Curated by Emanuel Aguilar

    

Funded by:
Chicago Park District
Illinois Arts Council Agency 
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Free Admission provided by 
 
Additional support provided by the Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant 
 
Photo credit: Sara Pooley
 
Image: Maria Gaspar, 2015 collaged image derived from: Antonio Turok, De la luna de la estrellas de la sol, N.D., photolithographic postcard, #2002.65, and Anonymous, Untitled, N.D. gelatin silver postcard, #2002.34, National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, Gifts of Marjorie L. Jackson. 
 
 

 

Friday, March 25, 2016 to Sunday, July 31, 2016