New Territories

New Territories explores contemporary design and its confluence with art and traditional crafts in Latin America

The Museum of Arts and Design presents the first American museum group exhibition dedicated to contemporary Latin American design.

Featuring more than 75 designers, artists, craftspersons, and collectives, New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America surveys the innovative, cross-disciplinary collaborations and new directions in creative production that have been occurring throughout Latin America since 2000.

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Nov. 4, 2014—Apr. 5, 2015

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New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America is the first American museum group exhibition dedicated to contemporary Latin American design, featuring more than seventy-five designers, artists, craftspeople, and collectives, and surveying the innovative, cross-disciplinary collaborations and new directions in creative production that have been occurring throughout Latin America since 2000.

The focus of this publication and exhibition is the art and design work emanating from key cities that serve as cultural hubs for some of the most pertinent new ideas about art, design, and craft, including: Caracas, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Buenos Aires, San Salvador, San Juan, Havana, Mexico City, and the state of Oaxaca.

Collaborations between Latin American designers and indigenous craftspeople are highlighted, revealing dynamic new work that addresses a wide range of issues facing the region, from commodification and production, to urbanization, displacement, and sustainability. The essays address the role of the creative sector in economic empowerment in Latin America, and how Latin American artists and designers contribute to new models of local, national, and international identity and economy.

With texts by Lowery Stokes Sims, Mari Carmen Ramírez, Gabriela Rangel, Jorge Rivas Pérez, Regine Basha, Blanca Serrano Ortiz de Solórzano, Nessia Leonzini Pope and Fabiana Lopes, Antonio Sánchez Gómez, Adélia Borges, Ana Elena Mallet, Magdalena Grüneisen, Adriana Kertzer, and Marcella Echavarría. 


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Curatorial Team

Lowery Stokes Sims

Lowery Stokes Sims

@lowerysims is Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design. From 2000-2007 Sims was executive director then president of The Studio Museum in Harlem and served as Adjunct Curator for the Permanent Collection. Sims was on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1972-1999. 

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A specialist in modern and contemporary art she is known for her particular expertise in the work of African, Latino, Native and Asian American artists. She has published extensively and her research on the work of the Afro-Cuban Chinese Surrealist artist Wifredo Lam was published by the University of Texas Press in 2002. In 1997 she organized a survey of the work of Richard Pousette-Dart at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sims has lectured nationally and internationally and guest curated numerous exhibitions most recently at the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica (2004), The Cleveland Museum of Art and the New York Historical Society (2006). She is the editor and an essayist for the catalogue of the National Museum of the American Indian’s 2008 retrospective of Fritz Scholder. In 2003-04 Sims served on the jury for the memorial for the World Trade Center and between 2004 and 2006 served as the chair of the Cultural Institutions Group, a coalition of museums, zoos, botanical gardens and performing organizations funded by the City of New York. Sims was a fellow at the Clark Art Institute in spring 2007. In 2005 and 2006 she was Visiting Professor at Queens College and Hunter College in New York City and in fall 2007 Visiting Scholar in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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    Adriana Kertzer

    @adrianakertzer is a New York-based design entrepreneur and a Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Arts and Design. 

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    Her book, Favelization was published by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in 2014 and focuses on the use of references to Brazilian slums to brand luxury items as “Brazilian”. Before joining the museum, Adriana worked as a curatorial consultant to the exhibit New Territories: Laboratories for Art, Craft and Design in Latin America, and led a research trip to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro for curator Lowery Stokes Sims. Adriana has worked at Parsons The New School For Design, the Cooper-Hewitt, and Phillips de Pury & Co. In a prior life, Adriana was a lawyer. She was Acting Assistant General Counsel at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and a capital markets lawyer at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett focusing on Brazilian IPOs.  She received a B.A. in Judaic studies and international relations from Brown University, a J.D. from Georgetown University, and an M.A. in the history of decorative arts and design from Parsons The New School For Design.

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    Marcella Echavarría

    @MarceEchavarria is a New York-based cultural entrepreneur, branding and marketing expert, and photographer. 

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    Born and raised in Medellín, Colombia, she works with artisans around the world to preserve their craft and enhance profitability by linking developing communities to developed markets. Her consulting clients include The United Nations (UN), Unesco, USAID, Technoserve, The International Finance Corporation (IFC), Grassroots Business Fund, The Organization of American States (OAS), The Governments of Colombia, Cambodia, Perú, Mexico and Swaziland and many institutions and companies such as Fonart, Coca Cola Foundation, Cadex Bolivia, Bavaria Colombia, Repsol Bolivia, Adele Dejak Kenya, Vista Alegre Brazil, Norlha Tibet, Norbulingka Institute India, Posada del Angel Guatemala. Marcella developed the curriculum and teaches the course Small Enterprise Development at Parsons in New York City. She received a B.A. in history and literature from Brown University and an M.A. in Sustainable Development from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogotá.

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    Susana Torruella Leval

    Susana was Director of El Museo del Barrio in New York from 1994 to 2002, after serving there as Chief Curator.

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    In 2002 she was named Director Emerita of El Museo del Barrio by the Board of Trustees. Susana was born in Buenos Aires and raised in Puerto Rico. She has worked as an art writer and curator of Puerto Rican, Latino and Latin American contemporary art in New York City since 1970. Susana served as Chair of the Cultural Institutions Group of New York City, and Vice President and President-Elect of the Association of Art Museum Directors. She was a Council Member on the New York State Council on the Arts, and a member of the Panel for Educational Policy of the City of New York. Susana served on the boards of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dreamyard and The Aperture Foundation. She is on the Editorial Board of the International Center for Art of the Americas, and was appointed by President Obama to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC. Susana received a B.A. in art history from Manhattanville College, an M.A. from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and an Honorary Doctorate from Pace University. 

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    Nessia Leonzini Pope

    Nessia is a New York-based independent curator and journalist. 

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    She has organized over 50 exhibitions in Brazil and the US, among them an exhibition of Larry Clark’s films and Ralph Gibson’s photographs entitled Amizade, Fotos e Filmes (2013) and Brasildesfocos: o olho de fora, co-curated with Paulo Herkenhoff (2007). Among her other transnational projects are exhibitions about Nan Goldin (1996), Hiroshi Sugimoto (2002), Andy Warhol's polaroid photography (2004), Keith Haring (2004), Bruce Nauman's videos (2005), Brazilian contemporary photography (2005), Vik Muniz (2005), Roy Lichtenstein's drawings (2006). Nessia has collaborated with the New York gallery R20th Century on two exhibitions about Brazilian designer Hugo França (2008 and 2011) and one about Sérgio Rodrigues entitled Sultan in the Studio (2004). Since 2000, she has curated an annual photographic exhibition and series of editions in partnership with Galeria Luisa Strina (São Paulo) named Coleções. Nessia is a curator for the website ArtSpace and the author of the book Manhattan: Arte Contemporânea e algo a mais (Bei Editora, 2009). She received a B.A. in journalism from the Universidade de São Paulo and an M.A. in political science from New York University.

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    Mari Carmen Ramirez

    Mari Carmen is the curator of Latin American art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the first director of the museum’s International Center for the Arts of the Americas. 

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    The most ambitious effort of its kind in the U.S., the center is dedicated not only to collecting and showing work by the Latin American avant-garde but also to supporting research and education that expand the common notions of Latin American and Latino art as the folkloric Surrealism of Frida Kahlo or the toiling peasants of Diego Rivera. A native of Puerto Rico, Mari Carmen is the former curator of Latin American Art Jack S. Blanton Museum at the University of Texas. Among her many exhibitions and publications are Resisting Categories: Latin American And/ Or Latino?, the first volume in the series Critical Documents of 20th Century Latin American and Latino Art which she organized with Hector Olea and Tomás Ybarra-Frausto (2012), Building on a Construct: The Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2010), and Inverted Utopias: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America (2004). 

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    Ana Elena Mallet

    @madamemallet is a Mexico City-based independent curator specialized in modern and contemporary design. 

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    Ana Elena is co-curating Moderno: Design for the home. Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela 1945-1970 at the America’s Society in New York (expected 2014) and is a member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s curatorial committee for the Latin-American Design Show (expected 2017). She has worked as a curator at the Museo Soumaya (1996-9) and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (1999-2001), as Programming Deputy Director at the Museo Rufino Tamayo (2001-2002), and as Chief Curator at Museo del Objeto (2010-1). One of the exhibitions Ana Elena curated at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil was Boutique (2000), the first exhibition exclusively about fashion in a Mexican museum. That same year, she curated ¡México, México! at the Musée International des Artes Modestes in Séte, France. At the Museu Franz Meyer (2008-10), she curated exhibits on Mexican and British design, Clara Porset, Thonet, the Barbie doll, and Michael van Beuren. In 2012, Ana Elena was a curatorial advisor for the Museum of Modern Art’s store Destination: Mexico. Ana Elena received a B.A. in Latin American Literature from Universidad Iberoamericana and is pursuing an M.A. in art history at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

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    Regine Basha

    @Reginebasha is a Brooklyn-based independent curator and the Studio Program Curator at the Queens Museum of Art. 

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    Since 1993, Regine has been curating innovative exhibitions for public institutions, civic spaces, magazines and private galleries in the US and Canada, Chile, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt. Prior to founding Basha Projects, she was Director of the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal (1992-5), Cultural Affairs Officer for the Canadian Consulate in New York (1998-2001), Adjunct Curator of Arthouse (2002-7), and Co-Founder of Fluent~Collaborative. Regine’s writings have appeared in Cabinet, Art Papers, Performing Arts Journal, Art Lies, and Bidoun and she has published on artists such as Daniel Bozhkov, Stephen Vitiello, Julieta Aranda, and Dario Robleto. Regine was born in Israel to Iraqi parents and grew up in Montreal and Los Angeles. She received a B.F.A. from New York University, Concordia University (Studio Art and Art History) and an M.A. from Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies. Regine sits on the board of Art Matters and Aurora Picture Show.

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    Jorge Rivas Pérez

    @JorgeR_P is and industrial designer and the former Curator of Spanish Colonial Art of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

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    where he organized the exhibitions Devoción Privada: pintura religiosa colonial venezolana en la Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (2002), and De oficio pintor, arte colonial venezolano, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (2007). Jorge has co-curated exhibitions and published broadly on Spanish Colonial Art and twentieth-century Latin American design, among his recent design projects are Cornelis Zitman: 1947-1957 la década del diseño” (2011) and Interior moderno, muebles diseñados por Miguel Arroyo (2005). He authored, among others, Arte del Período Hispánico Venezolano en la Hacienda Carabobo (1998) and El repertorio clásico en el mobiliario venezolano (2007). Jorge’s design work has been exhibited in several solo and group shows: Maderas de Jorge Rivas, innovación en la tradición (2004), Objetos cotidianos, diseño tridimensional venezolano (2006), and Jorge Rivas, diseño y comunidad (2005). He received his architecture degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, his specialization on industrial design from Universitá degli Studi di Firenze in Florence, and his M.Phil from the Bard Graduate Center, where he is pursuing his Ph.D. 

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    Gabriela Rangel

    @GabrielaRangel8 is the Director of Visual Arts and Chief Curator at the Americas Society in New York. 

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    She co-edited A Principality of Its Own: Forty Years of Visual Arts at the Americas Society (2006), and has contributed to publications including Art Nexus, Arte al Día, Trans and Parkett, and to books on artists including Liliana Porter, Claudio Perna, and others. Gabriela curated exhibitions on the work of Marta Minujin, Gordon Matta Clark, Paula Trope, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Juan Downey, and Dias & Riedweg, among others. She also made catalogue contributions to Arturo Herrera (Transnocho Arte Contacto, 2009), Arte no es vida (El Museo del Barrio, 2008), Da Adversidade Vivemos: Artistes d'Amérique latine (Musee de Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 2001) and Liliana Porter (Centro de Arte Recoleta, Buenos Aires) and co-edited A Principality on its Own (Americas Society-David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard, 2006). Gabriela received a B.A. in film studies from the International Film School at San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba, an M.A. degree in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and an M.A. in media and communications studies from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas.