Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning

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Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning

November 4, 2016 - April 9, 2017

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Opening Reception: November 2 | 5 – 9 PM
Panel Discussion: November 2 | 6 PM
On View: November 4 – April 9, 2017

The Harvard Art Museums present Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning, a new exhibition featuring recent works by Salcedo, an internationally acclaimed artist whose sculpture and installations transform familiar, everyday objects into moving and powerful testimonies of loss and remembrance. Curated by Mary Schneider Enriquez, the Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museums, and on view in the museums’ Special Exhibitions Gallery.

A lifelong resident of Bogotá, Colombia, Salcedo began her career producing works that responded to the testimonies of survivors of oppression and political violence in her home country. In recent years, she has broadened her focus to include victims of civil war and oppression worldwide.

“Doris Salcedo’ s subject matter is not unique to Colombia or to the impact of civil war; rather, the themes she addresses are current and applicable across the globe. Her work is absolutely timely, and there is no better place than a university museum to focus on the role that art can play in deepening awareness and understanding of such complex issues,” said Martha Tedeschi, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot of the Harvard Art Museum. “Through this exhibition we invite all to explore these sociopolitical issues, but also to consider how Salcedo engages with sculpture as a medium, responding to and departing from conventions.”

Free public opening celebration on November 2, 2016 features panel discussion with artist Doris Salcedo, author and Harvard professor Elaine Scarry, and curator Mary Schneider Enriquez at 6 PM, open galleries 5–9 PM, and reception. More information here.


November 4, 2016
April 9, 2017
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