UCR ARTSblock Presents ‘Mundos Alternos,’ a Provocative View of Arts in the Americas

The exhibition is part of 'Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA,' a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art

Hector Hernandez, ‘Bulca,’ 2015.

(Riverside, CA) — UCR ARTSblock’s new exhibition, Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, represents the culmination of a worldwide exploration that included 18 months of travel throughout six countries. Exhibition curators Robb Hernández, Tyler Stallings, and Joanna Szupinska-Myers visited more than 400 artists, curators, and scholars and selected more than 30 contemporary artists working within the science fiction genre to imagine new realities and alternate worlds.

Mundos Alternos debuted on Sept. 16 and runs through Feb. 4, 2018. Its curators sought to identify established and emergent voices in the field – many showing in Southern California for the first time.

Mundos Alternos is the first project that considers the convergence of visual art, science fiction, and Latin American studies – a convergence that has the potential to generate further inquiries in all of these fields,” said Joanna Szupinska-Myers, senior curator of exhibitions at the California Museum of Photography and co-curator of the exhibition.

Visitors can expect large-scale installations, photographs, sculptures, drawings, paintings, performances, and video installations that encompass 11,000 square feet in ARTSblock’s two adjacent buildings: the California Museum of Photography (CMP) and the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts. The curatorial team has also produced a heavily illustrated book that includes original essays by the curators and leading scholars with expertise in Latin American, Latino/a, and Chicano/a visual culture, with an emphasis on the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and Central America.

“We have selected a swath of artists across the Americas who have created artworks that point to alternate worlds, in which self- determination and autonomy can occur in a present that is already the past pointing to a future,” explained Tyler Stallings, artistic director of the Culver Center of the Arts and co-curator of the exhibition.

Mundos Alternos brings together the work of international artists from across Latin America and Latino artists from throughout the United States. Artists early in their careers, including Beatriz Cortez, Jillian Mayer, Hector Hernandez, and Clarissa Tossin provide a new way of thinking about contemporary art in the Americas. Meanwhile, more established artists, such as Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Gyula Kosice, and Rubén Ortiz Torres, illustrate an intersection between generations.

“This exhibition is the first effort of transnational scope to identify the growing tendency of science fiction in contemporary Latin American and Latino art, a tendency that recasts ‘the future’ at a time when debates over immigration reform, militarized borders, mass deportations, and efforts to build ‘the wall’ might suggest otherwise,” explained Robb Hernández, assistant professor of english at UCR and co-curator of the exhibition.

“Building on UCR’s international reputation in the study of science fiction, this ambitious exhibition contributes new scholarship to the field of contemporary Latin American and Latino/a artistic expression,” said Sheila Bergman, ARTSblock executive director.

The grand opening of Mundos Alternos will be held on Sept. 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at UCR ARTSblock. Kathryn Poindexter, CMP assistant curator, is project manager.

UCR ARTSblock is open between 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, and closed Monday. Open late until 9 p.m. every first Thursday of the month. Admission is $6.

For more information, visit artsblock.ucr.edu and pacificstandardtime.org.

Press Contact: Patrick Edgett, Patrick@voicemediaventures.com

View Riverside Art Museum’s exhibition Myth & Mirage: Inland Southern California, Birthplace of the Spanish Colonial Revival, also part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, during a concurrent Opening Celebration on Sept. 30, 6:00-9:00pm.

ABOUT PST: LA/LA

The exhibition is part of ‘Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA,’ a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions from Santa Barbara to San Diego, and from Los Angeles to Palm Springs.

‘Pacific Standard Time’ is an initiative of the J. Paul Getty Trust with arts institutions across Southern California. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

Major support for this exhibition is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Additional support is provided by UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS), and the city of Riverside.

About UCR ARTSblock

UCR ARTSblock brought together the California Museum of Photography (founded in 1973), the Jack and Marilyn Sweeney Art Gallery (1963), and the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts (2010).

The extensive art, photography, and research collections of the CMP and Sweeney Art Gallery make ARTSblock an important destination for audiences as well as researchers working in a wide range of fields.

ARTSblock’s activities embody UCR’s commitment to broadly-based public education and cutting-edge research. As a university museum and art gallery, ARTSblock is committed to offering students opportunities for professional museum work. Students from UCR and elsewhere are involved under the aegis of independent course status, internships, work-study, and as volunteers.

For more information, visit artsblock.ucr.edu.

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