Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thursday's Three on Art

Art does not give answers, only poses questions.
~ Doris Salcedo, Sculptor and Installation Artist

Today, Thursday's Three presents a trio of videos, all of which feature Doris Salcedo, one of art's most eloquent and expressive voices. All of her work, Salcedo says, "is about mourning. And it's about the condition of the mourner."

The first retrospective of work by the internationally exhibited Doris Salcedo currently is at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. On view through October 12 and occupying four levels, the exhibition, "Doris Salcedo", features significant works from the late 1980s to today, including the first U.S. showing of Plegaria Muda (2008-2010). The show also includes a video about her major site-specific public projects (see second video below) and offers an illustrated catalogue (available through University of Chicago Press). View installation photos. The retrospective will travel to Perez Art Museum in Miami, where it will run from May 6, 2016, to October 23, 2016.

✭ In the video immediately following, Salcedo talks about her artistic vision and rigorous, labor-intensive practice, which addresses colonialism, racism, and social injustices of all kinds. In particular, she responds to the violence in her native Colombia.

✭ Below is Doris Salcedo's Public Works, a 25:40-minute program that may be viewed at the Guggenheim and that was produced for and shown during the retrospective when the exhibition was at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago earlier this year (February 21 - May 24, 2015). Some of the works discussed no longer exist.

✭ Here, in a short from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Salcedo discusses the importance of memory in her work.

Also see "Doris Salcedo on Her Colombian Roots", in which the artist speaks to the influence of her Colombian culture and heritage on her artistic identity.

Doris Salacedo's Shibboleth at Tate Modern (October 9, 2007 - April 6, 2008)

Doris Salcedo at Art21, Alexander and Bonin, and White Cube

Catalogue Cover

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