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Paper Traces

| September 25, 2006

The visible result of a novel partnership between the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) and UCSD’s department of visual arts is now on exhibit.

At the SDMA in Balboa Park through Dec. 31, Paper Traces showcases prints and drawings from the museum’s Latin American collection.

The 60 pieces in the show – nearly all of which are on view for the first time – were selected by Roberto Tejada, assistant professor of visual arts, and 15 graduate students from a doctoral course created explicitly for that purpose.

Keith Brant
Posada and His Son (Posada y su hijo), Linocut, 2002

On the suggestion of Derrick Cartwright, the museum’s executive director, Tejada designed a seminar around SDMA’s collection of Latin American works on paper. The course took place in the fall of 2005 and was held alternately at the museum and at the university, as the students – mostly from the visual arts department, but also representing literature and ethnic studies – engaged directly with the collection and also pursued extensive cultural research.

A critical question, said Tejada, that underlies the class and the exhibition, was: “How can universities and collecting institutions venture together in the meaningful display of works toward the active production of knowledge?”

The artists in the SDMA Latin American collection range widely over time and place, Tejada explained, and accordingly, the exhibition begins with Julio Ruelas in nineteenth-century Mexico and moves forward to contemporary Argentina’s printmaking collective, the Taller Popular de Serigrafía, with such artists along the way as Diego Rivera –with a remarkable new SDMA acquisition dating from 1930,  Seated Nude with Raised Arms (the sitter for which is Frida Kahlo) – and Roberto Matta, Julio Le Parc, Leonora Carrington and Chicano poster artist Rupert García.

Other major artists in the show include José Clemente Orozco, Rufino Tamayo, José Luis Cuevas and Antonio M. Frasconi.

“SDMA is very excited to be a part of this novel collaboration,” said Cartwright said. “We look forward to continuing this exciting approach to exhibitions in order to promote new knowledge within the museum in years to come.”

For hours, directions and other museum information, please see http://www.sdmart.org.

 

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