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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly?

Selections from the MOLAA Permanent Collection
July 14, 2011 – January 3, 2012

On July 14, 2011, we will present the exhibition The Good, the Bad, the Ugly?: Selections from MOLAA’s Permanent Collection. The exhibition will feature paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures and installation pieces by modern and contemporary artists. This diverse group of works will explore categories that revolve around the way that Latin American modern and contemporary artists represent the figure, the landscape, the abstract and ideas from their imagination.

As the first exhibition co-curated by MOLAA’s Education Department, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly? will use interactive strategies to create a dialogue not only between the works, but between the works and the viewer. By juxtaposing representational, abstract and conceptual works, the curator Gabriela Martinez, Associate Vice President of Education at MOLAA, asks viewers to identify the strategies used by artists when they explore a particular subject or topic. Those strategies and the manner in which they intersect with the viewer’s own subjective experience, to create a final aesthetic judgment, will be explored.

Using descriptive text, questions and activities, the visitor will create connections between works that are seemingly disconnected and learn why they, as viewers, may be visually attracted to certain works and repelled by others. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about MOLAA employees’ reactions to various works via audio tours and will be able to voice their own opinions about the art in the exhibition at response stations. Throughout the galleries, visitors will be confronted with why they love or hate a work of art. After visiting the exhibition, they will be asked to decide which pieces are “good,” “bad” or “ugly.”

Artists featured in the exhibition include: Ofelia Rodríguez (Colombia), Marta Palau (Spain/Mexico), José Luis Cuevas (Mexico), Alí González (Venezuela), Alicia Antich (Argentina), Francisco Toledo (Mexico), Wifredo Lam (Cuba), Leonora Carrington (England/Mexico), Francisco Botero (Colombia), Alejandro Chaskielberg (Argentina) and Natalia Iguiñiz (Peru). New acquisitions by the following artists are also included in the exhibition: Joaquín Torres García (Uruguay) and Ana Sacerdote (Italy/Argentina). The opening reception on Thursday, July 14, will feature a performance by Alicia Antich who will discuss the concept of her installation work The Pendulum as Pen (2005).

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly?: Selections from MOLAA’s Permanent Collection is made possible with funding from the Robert Gumbiner Foundation, Verizon Wireless, Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach. Media support is provided by KCRW (89.9FM) and LA Weekly.


The Good, The Bad, The Ugly?
Thursday, August 11, 7:30 - 9:00pm
Charter Screening Room

Join Associate VP of Education Gabriela Martínez in a presentation that will challenge artists’ strategies and our aesthetic judgment when we decide whether a work of art is good or bad.

Image Credit:
LEONORA CARRINGTON (England/Mexico, b. 1917 - d. 2011)
Bird Bath / Baño de pájaros, 1974
Color serigraph, ed. 13/50, Robert Gumbiner Foundation Collection, F.98.42