Dialogue between Graciela Iturbide and Cuauhtemoc Medina in NYC, Thursday, February 28th, 6:30 p.m.

This Thursday evening, artist Graciela Iturbide will speak with independent critic, curator and historian Cuauhtemoc Median at the Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue at 68th Street, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and is presented by Umbrage Editions and Americas Society.

Graciela Iturbide is internationally recognized for her iconic images of Mexico. The artist will discuss her work with Cuauhtémoc Medina, a Mexico City-based critic and art historian, and Associated Curator of Latin American art at the Tate Modern, London.

Graciela Iturbide was born on May 16, 1942 in Mexico City. She studied filmmaking with a special interest in scriptwriting and later still photography at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos, at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México from 1969 to 1972. It was there that she met Manuel Álvarez Bravo, and in 1970 and 1971 she apprenticed with him. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held around the world, including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Casa del Lago, New Mexico. Major retrospectives of her work have been held at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico (1996) and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1997-98). She is the recipient of a Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography (1987) and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Felloswhip (1988). Iturbide lives and works in Coyoacán, Mexico.

Artist Graciela Iturbide explores in an intensely personal homage an era of contemporary Latin American life through the persona of a single man whose changing role in that history is emblematic of the times. She establishes both place and identity not only of her distinguished subject but the context of country, the land itself, in aesthetic and vernacular style alike. Presented for the first time, this complex body of work redefines the photographic image of General Omar Torrijos by looking at it as a document and metaphor, often deconstructing and reconstructing Iturbide’s own personal intersections with her subject. The symbolic and expressive imagery of the works, produced three decades ago, offer a visual paradigm that calls on memory, and a re-presentation of facts that conjure an emotional bond between subject and viewer, whether affirmative or oppositional.

Cuauhtémoc Medina has an international reputation as an independent art critic, curator and historian. He studied for his PhD at the University of Essex and is on the International Advisory Board of the University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art (UECLAA). Since 1992 he has been a full time researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He is based in Mexico City and was on the advisory committee for the 2004 Carnegie International. He has served as a visiting professor at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (New York State, USA), and is the associate curator of Latin American Art of the Tate Modern, London.

This evening dialogue is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Torrijos: The Man and the Myth, Photographs by Graciela Iturbide” for which Nan Richardson served as Guest Curator. Umbrage Editions has published”Torrijos,” click here to learn more about the book of Iturbide’s work.

The exhibition will remain on view at the Americas Society’s Gallery through April 12, 2008
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday 12:00-6:00 PM

Torrijos: The Man and the Myth and its accompanying programs are organized by the Americas Society in conjunction with Umbrage Editions. Americas Society gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Galería Emma Molina, Graciela Iturbide, the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation and La Fundación/Colección Jumex. Additional support has been provided by the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.

For more information please call (212) 277-8359

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