The Wexner Center for the Arts presents the exhibition “Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”.
The Portuguese word cruzamentos translates literally as “crossroads” or ‘”intersections,” but in Brazil it’s also a metaphor for the diverse cultural heritage that makes the country so distinct. In that spirit, this exhibition explores the work of 35 dynamic Brazilian artists—many of whom have never been widely exhibited in the US—whose practices and influences are as varied as the social, racial, and geographical composition of the country itself. The exhibition will include new and site-specific works, several of which you’ll encounter in unexpected places in and around the center.
Although a handful of postwar Brazilian artists have received recognition in North America (including Hélio Oiticica and Ernesto Neto, whose work has been exhibited at the Wex), the astonishingly high level of artistic production throughout Brazil over recent decades remains significantly overlooked beyond its borders. Between the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, all eyes will be trained on this rapidly evolving country and its political and economic development. Cruzamentos offers a timely focus on Brazil’s vibrant culture and is one culmination of the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary, four-year-long Via Brasil initiative.
Artists in the show: Adriana Varejão, Beatriz Milhazes, Cristiano Lenhardt, Erika Verzutti, Gisele Camargo, Jac Leirner, Jonathas de Andrade ( PIPA 2011 Finalist), José Damasceno, Leda Catunda and Tatiana Blass ( PIPA 2011 winner).
Via Brasil is the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary initiative focusing on contemporary art and culture in Brazil made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
“Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”
January 31 – April 20
Wexner Center for the Arts – 1871 N High St
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43201
Tel: (614) 292-3535
Fax: (614) 292-3369