New Exhibition: El Museo del Barrio presents ‘superreal: alternative realities in photography and video’

By ARC Magazine Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 Categories: Exhibitions, Updates
 

This exhibition explores the layered meanings and interpretations of the real as it is represented in photography and video art. Drawing on the presentation of the landscape, the human figure, the world of architecture, various objects and natural phenomena, these images explore alternative realities despite their use of the photographic or video image, traditionally understood as a reflection of actuality. superreal features works that challenge the notion of the camera’s lens as presenting visual accuracy and explores the subversion of narrative form, the creation of a parallel reality, surreal or super-realencounters with objects, people and environments. Partial, hidden, or enigmatic meanings are explored by the artists gathered here.  Iconic works by significant photographers and video artists are included along with newer works by younger artists. The incisive points of view and varied methodologies seen here allow the artists to create works that explore the limits of narrative form and its relationship to reality. The works, ranging in dates from the early 1960s to the present, reveal the various ways in whichthe real is emphasized and subverted, revealed and obscured.

Betsabee Romero (Mexico, 1963)- Ayate con Perro (Ayate fabric with dog), 2005

Betsabee Romero (Mexico, 1963)- Ayate con Perro (Ayate fabric with dog), 2005

superreal opens on February 6th and runs through May 19th and will feature more than 70 works by artists including ADÁL, Miguel Rio Branco, Tania Bruguera, Ana de la Cueva, Betsabee Romero, Vik Muniz, Andres Serrano, and Edin Vélez. Their incisive points of view and varied working methods allowed them to create works that explore the limits of narrative form and its relationship to reality.

 

About superreal:

superreal is made possible with the support of Tony Bechara. El Museo del Barrio would like to thank the following institutional donors for their generous support of its general operations that make its exhibitions possible: Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Bloomberg Philanthropies, Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, Inc., Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

El Museo would also like to thank its Corporate Members for their support: Bank of America, Bloomberg, Colgate-Palmolive Company, ConEdison, Inc., The History Channel en Español, Moody’s Corporation, Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., New York University, Pfizer, Inc., and Time Warner, Inc.

El Museo is also grateful for public funds from the National Education Association (NEA), the New York City Department of Cultural A­ffairs, the New York State Council on the Arts – a state agency, and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development in partnership with the New York City Council. Additional public support is provided by New York City Council Members: Speaker Christine Quinn, The Hon. Daniel Dromm, The Hon. Inez Dickens, The Hon. Julissa Ferreras, The Hon. Daniel Garodnick, The Hon. Robert Jackson, The Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito, The Hon. Annabel Palma, The Hon. Domenic Recchia, Jr., The Hon. Diana Reyna, The Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer, the Manhattan Delegation, and Scott M. Stringer, Manhattan Borough President.

 

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