Exploring notions of access in ‘Keeping the Faith’ exhibit
THE exhibit showcases works of installation artist Kiri Dalena, filmmakers Egay Navarro and Rica Concepcion, and sculptor Agnes Arellano alongside masterpieces by Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, National Artists Vicente Manansala, J Elizalde Navarro and Benedicto Cabrera, and Jose Tence Ruiz and Danilo Dalena in Keeping the Faith: Acts of Mediation.
The contemporary artists were chosen for “ keeping the faith” or persevering in art practice, as well as in sustaining personal and shared advocacies. “They have all demonstrated an unyielding propensity to pursue work in a field that is often associated with difficulty and the absence of short-term gain. On top of this, the kind of art that they do (especially Navarro and Concepcion) is outside the purview of the market and focus on the search for alternative views and methodologies,” said curator Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez.
Artist as Storyteller, Amorsolo as Co-author’ exhibit
‘Barricade, book of slogans, erased slogans and isolation room’: Installation art by Kiri Dalena
The exhibit presents a survey of the results of Fernando Amorsolo’s collaboration with early 20th century Filipino writereditors featuring selected illustrations from the first Tagalog novel of Iñigo Regalado, Madaling Araw (1909), Severino Reyes’ first Tagalog novel Parusa ng Diyos (1911), Camilo Osias’ Philippine Readers (1924) and Lope K. Santos’ comic strip Ganito Pala sa Maynila (1920-24). The exhibit also includes works by Ikoy Ricio, who created sculptures and paintings based on Amorsolo’s illustrations for Philippine Readers. The exhibit is part of the Amorsolo Retrospective project, which aims to take another look at the country’s first National Artist through a multi-venue exhibition of his finest works. Artist Talk on Feb. 21 Agnes Arellano and art critic/historian Dr. Alice Guillermo engage one another in conversation about art and other matters in Artists in Conversation on Feb. 21, 2009 (Saturday), from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fee is P120 per person.
Agnes Arellano in front of her installation piece ‘Angel of Death and Bronze Bullets’Book donation
The Lopez Library recently received a donation of books from Mr. and Mrs. William Hernandez of Guam. “Our Islands and he People as Seen with Camera and Pencil,” pulished in New York by N.D. Thompson in 1899, embraces perfect photographic an descriptive representations of the people and the islands lately acquired by the US fromSpain, including Hawaii and the Philippines he book has an introduction by Maj. Ge Joseph Wheeler, with special descriptive matter and narratives by author and war corespondent Jose de Olivares. Hernandez, the curator of the Museum of the Archdiocese of Agana, visited the museum last year and viewed the exhibition he Sum of Its Parts.
Mercy Servida of the Lopez Library receiving the donation of Mr. and Mrs. William Hernandez of Guam