Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to stage a conversation about discarded and displaced people, places, and things in a time of global climate change.
The first major U.S. solo exhibition of the influential Chilean-born artist is comprised of Vicuña’s multidisciplinary work in performance, sculpture, drawing, video, text, and site-specific installations over the course of the past 40 years. Reframing dematerialization as both a formal consequence of 1960s conceptualism and radical climate change—the exhibition examines a process that shapes public memory and responsibility. Operating fluidly between concept and craft, text and textile, Vicuña’s practice weaves together disparate disciplines as well as communities—with shared relationships to land and sea, and to the economic and environmental disparities of the 21st century.
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen is organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC), and co-curated by Andrea Andersson, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the CAC, and Julia Bryan-Wilson, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley.
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, a full-color publication by the same name, co-imprinted by Siglio Press and the CAC will be released in March 2017.
Poetry Reading by Rodrigo Toscano
Experimental poet, playwright and labor activist, Rodrigo Toscano will read a special piece in response to Ceclia Vicuña: About to Happen at 7:30pm.
Rodrigo Toscano’s newest book of poetry, Explosion Rocks Springfield, is just out from Fence Books. His previous books include Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater (National Poetry Series selection), To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities. His poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Voices Without Borders, Diasporic Avant Gardes, Angels of the Americlypse, Imagined Theatres, In the Criminal’s Cabinet, Earth Bound, and Best American Poetry. Toscano has received a New York State Fellowship in Poetry. He works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers and the National Institute for Environmental Health Science. Toscano lives in New Orleans.
Music by Gauchos del tango
Yulene Velasquez is a Venezuelan professional singer and conductor. She has performed internationally as a member of the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela and has worked with world-renowned composers. She has participated in renowned music festivals such as the Oregon Bach Festival, Panamá Jazz Festival, Mostly Mozart, América Cantat, New Crowned Hope Festival. In Venezuela, she conducted the Fundación Empresas Polar's Children Choir, the choir from the Conservatory of Music "Juan Manuel Olivares", and also worked with the children's choir from Universidad Central de Venezuela. Yulene holds a degree in Social Communications from Universidad Santa María. She studied music at the Conservatory "Juan José Landaeta" and conducting with Ana María Raga in Caracas. She obtained her Master of Music in Choral Conducting at University of Florida and currently conducts the Schola Cantorum of New Orleans.