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NY | Curatorial Perspective: Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)

February 19, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Image: Zilia Sánchez, Topología erotica [Erotic Topology], 1960–71. Acrylic on stretched canvas, 41 × 56 × 13 in. Collection [Colección] Jose R. Landron, San Juan

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Join ArtTable NY for a curatorial walkthrough of Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island) with Susanna Temkin,  Curator at El Museo del Barrio.

Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)is the first museum retrospective of the prolific, innovative, and yet largely unknown artist Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Havana – lives and works in San Juan). The exhibition features over 40 works from the early 1950s to the present, including paintings, works on paper, shaped canvases, sculptural pieces, graphic illustrations, and ephemera. The retrospective traces Sánchez’s artistic journey from her early days in Cuba to her extended travels in Europe in the 1950s and residence in New York in the 1960s, and finally her move to Puerto Rico, where she has lived and worked since the early 1970s. For more information, see here.

Susanna Temkin is a Curator at El Museo del Barrio since 2018, and recently organized the museum’s fiftieth-anniversary exhibition, Culture and the People: El Museo del Barrio, 1969-2019. Prior to El Museo, she served as Assistant Curator at Americas Society in New York. From 2011-2016 she was the Research and Archive Specialist at the Cecilia de Torres, Ltd., where she assisted in co-authoring the digital catalogue raisonné of artist Joaquín Torres-García. Temkin has published essays and reviews in the Rutgers Art Review, Burlington Magazine, and Hemispheres, and authored the chronology of Concrete Cuba: Cuba Geometric Abstraction from the 1950s, produced by David Zwirner Books.  She earned her master’s and PhD degrees from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where her research concentrated on modern art in the Americas, with a focus on Cuba.

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Thank you to Ingrid Dinter, Julia Herzberg and Susanna Temkin. 


February 19, 2020
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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ArtTable New York
212 343 1735 Ext. 13


El Museo Del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029 United States
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