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Contemporary Art and Traditional Crafts (Morning, 6/9/17)

  • Contemporary Jewelry

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    See jewelry in the contemporary craft gallery.

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  • Daniela Rivera: The Andes Inverted

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    Daniela Rivera’s museum installations often focus on uncanny spatial and material dislocations. Breaking from the traditional mold of painting, she creates immersive experiences that draw from her personal history. Her 2015 Traveling Fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University inspired this ambitious transformation of Gallery 268 with materials, images, and sounds gathered from a landmark in her home country: Chile’s Chuquicamata copper mine.

    Like an inversion of the naturally soaring Andes, Chile’s massive copper mines are machine-shaped canyons, a symbol of national pride and a driver of the Chilean economy, yet at a cost. Inhabited for generations, an employee town at Chuquicamata’s edge provided a world-class hospital, schools, theaters, sports fields, and homes for over 30,000 people. By 2008, new mining methods and increasing pollution forced the community to relocate; since evacuated, expanded digging has buried the site.

    “The Andes Inverted” aims to explore the mine’s disruptive impacts—at once environmental, political, cultural, and psychological—and evokes the paradox faced by Chuquicamata miners, many of whom described the jobs and joy provided by the same mine that consumed their homes, memories, and landscape. Rivera explains the miners’ situation is not black-and-white but grey: “Their labor is both productive and destructive, the self-sabotage is the complexity of the place.”

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  • Contemporary Textiles

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    See how fibers artists today base their practice in traditional techniques.

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    Black River

    2009

    El Anatsui, Ghanaian, born in 1944, active in Nigeria

    Dimensions

    105 x 140 inches (266.7 x 355.6 cm)

    Medium

    Aluminum, bottle caps and copper wire

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    2010.586

    Collections
    Contemporary Art
    On View
    Buttenwieser Gallery (1950s & 1960s) - 259 More Info

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  • Contemporary Ceramics

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    See contemporary ceramic works alongside objects from thousands of years ago in the Arts of Korea and Islamic Art galleries.

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