El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 2011

“El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 2011” is El Museo del Barrio’s sixth biennial.  Curated by Elvis Fuentes, Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, and Trinidad Fombella, the event is described as “the most innovative, cutting-edge art” created by Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American artists currently working in the greater New York area. This year’s biennial will showcase 75 emerging artists in six different venues. The main venue, El Museo, is located at 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street in Manhattan, New York.

Description: Aiming to expand the definition of contemporary Latino and Latin American art, The (S) Files 2011 takes on a broad exploration of the visual energy, events, and aesthetics of the street. While considering the more conventional understandings of street art such as graffiti and mural painting, The (S) Files 2011 extends the definition of street art by also considering non-traditional art objects as well as works from other disciplines, including music and fashion.

The (S) Files 2011 explores how the boundaries between public/private and personal/universal are blurred by urban culture, and examines the street as catalyst for change in mainstream culture. The exhibition looks at how these social borders mix and dissolve in urban environments, and how artists use these social alterations as points of creative departure.

Among the themes developed in The (S) Files 2011 are the influence of early New York street art movements, text and urban styles, and the creation of art works from urban debris. The variety of issues addressed by the artists range from daily life situations, to social behaviors, to economic distress.

In addition to its overall focus on New York-based artists, The (S) Files 2011 celebrates the Biennial of the Central American Isthmus (Bienal del Istmo Centroamericano) by showcasing the work of a group of artists featured in its most recent edition.

For full article, see http://www.elmuseo.org/en/event/el-museos-bienal-s-files-2011

Shown here, Janelle Iglesias’ “Bridge and Tunnel” (found objects).

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