The latest exhibition by ADÁL (Adál Maldonado), “Un mixto de artistas hispanoamericanos” features a broad selection of photographs of Latin American artists (singers, musicians, actors, visual artists, writers, and more). The show opened on July 6 and will be on view until October 15, 2015, at Popular Center (located at 208 Juan Ponce de León Avenue in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico).
Description: This exhibition draws on a selection of photographs from the books Portraits of the Puerto Rican Experience (IPRUS Institute, NY, 1985) and Mango Mambo (Luiggi Marrozzini Gallery, San Juan, 1987). The linking of the two projects presents an interesting array of important Latin American actors, poets, composers and Hispanic musicians.
Spanning three decades of our history, ADÁL’s remarkable portraits provide new insights into the vision of each personality. We see the picaresque smile in the eyes of Rita Moreno, the provocative and sensual body language of Nydia Caro, the patriarchal stance of Don Rafael Cepeda Atiles, and the image of Tito Puente as drum major posing against a background of singing birds.
The gathering of portraits from Portraits of the Puerto Rican Experience and Mango Mambo is a celebration. It is a tribute to the strength of Puerto Rican and Latin American culture in the diaspora that has kept its traditions in spite of multiple changes, while tropicalizing this new space, and simultaneously creating a new environment where they acquire power through their creative intentions. (This exhibition was made possible by a collaboration with the Roberto Paradise Gallery.)
ADÁL: Photographer, artist and playwright, Adál is currently based in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Adál has presented and is part of the permanent collection of important art spaces in the US and Europe, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Francisco; Houston Museum of Art; Museo del Barrio, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museé d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; The Photography Museum in Belgium; Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; and Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
One of his forthcoming projects is the publication of the book on his self-portraits, I Love My Selfie, with text by Ilan Stavans (Duke University Press, 2015). Also, a retrospective of his work has been scheduled for the 2017 season at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) in Santurce, Puerto Rico.
[Photo above: “Marc Anthony” by Adál.]