Looking for something interesting, educational, and fun to do tonight? Come enjoy a Tuesday evening at the Modern. This popular series of lectures and presentations by artists, architects, historians, and critics is free and open to the public each Tuesday from February 23 through April 19, with a specially scheduled presentation on May 17.
Tonight we’re going to meet Fernando Bryce, a New York- and Lima-based artist, renowned in his home country of Peru and recognized internationally for his “mimetic analysis,” in which he culls archives for print materials such as advertisements, newspaper articles, and propaganda pamphlets in order to faithfully reproduce a carefully chosen selection for his own ink-on-paper “reconstructions.”
Bryce’s most recent exhibition, at Alexander and Bonin in New York this past fall, addressed the discourse of universal values during the 1940s and 1950s with three major works: The Book of Needs, Arte Nuevo, and ARTnews 1944–1947. He chronicled the changing international climate at the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War and surveyed media representation of the subsequent cultural shifts. Art historian Andrea Giunta writes for the exhibition, “Through his method of mimetic analysis, [Bryce] reproduces and renews the archive he has compiled around this system of representations that drew a triangle between Paris, New York and Buenos Aires. The meticulous copying of the original gives new life to the written word and to everything these texts and images condensed. . . . By bringing this archive into the present he clearly goes beyond a simple archeology of the past.”
For Tuesday Evenings, Fernando Bryce shares his scrupulous and deliberated approach to art-making that produces such ambitious works.
Fernando Bryce (b. 1965 Lima) currently lives and works in Lima and New York. In 2011, a major survey of his work, Drawing Modern History, was organized by the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI) and traveled to Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City, and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA). His work has been exhibited internationally, including at Manifesta 4, Frankfurt am Main, 2002; 8th International Istanbul Biennial, 2003; 26th Biennial of São Paulo, 2004; 54th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, 2005; T1: The Pantagruel Syndrome, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, 2006; and the 11th Biennale de Lyon, 2011.
Lectures begin at 7 pm in the Museum’s auditorium. Seating begins at 6:30 pm and is limited to 250; a live broadcast of the presentations is shown in Café Modern for any additional guests. A limited number of tickets (limit two per person) will be available for purchase ($5) from 10 am until 4 pm the day of the lecture online at http://www.themodern.org/programs/lectures.
Free admission tickets (limit two per person) are available at the Modern’s information desk beginning at 5 pm on the day of the lecture. The museum galleries remain open until 7 pm on Tuesdays during the series (general admission applies). Parking, too, is free.
Café Modern’s cocktails, salads, and appetizers are delicious anytime and especially on Tuesday nights during the lecture series. Come before the lecture and enjoy a nice meal or just happy hour.
Revisit the insightful lectures from Tuesday Evenings or discover new ways to look at works in the Museum’s collection with the Modern Podcasts. Hear artists speak about their work, or listen to curators’ perspectives and discussions. Visit http://www.themodern.org/podcasts or subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes or using the RSS feed in your preferred program.
Annie Ambles to the Modern for a fine Tuesday evening in Fort Worth’s Cultural District