ASSEMBLAGES: One Language Is Never Enough, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg MA, 2014
Abelardo Morell, Agustín Patiño, Ana Flores, Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Antonio Fonseca, Carlos Hernández Chávez,
Carlos Santiago Arroyo, Diane Barceló, Guido Garaycochea, Imna Arroyo, Ingrid de Aguiar Sanchez, Julia Csekö,
Lina Maria Giraldo, Lisie S. Orjuela, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Miguel Trelles, Pablo Delano, Raúl Gonzalez III and Elaine Bay,
Robert Gallegos, Sergio Bautista, Silvia López Chavez, Vela Phelan and Victor Pacheco
ONE LANGUAGE IS NEVER ENOUGH: Latino Artists in Southern New England is a group exhibition featuring twenty-four contemporary artists who currently live and work in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Each of these artists can trace personal roots to specific cultures and countries in Latin America, including: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. Some are emerging artists at the beginning of their careers, while others are seasoned professionals with rigorous academic training and international exhibition histories.
The artists included in this show address themes of identity, hybridity, environmentalism, social responsibility, memory, language, stereotype, and spirituality, and have mined traditions of portraiture, printmaking, photography, sculpture, illustration, magic realism, landscape painting, and abstraction to do so.
As a result, this exhibition is not about any one theme, culture, style or language. It’s about plurality and community. It’s about acknowledging that in a global society, being fluent in just one language – English, Spanish, Portuguese, Art, Science, or Love – is never enough.
ONE LANGUAGE IS NEVER ENOUGH: Latino Artists in Southern New England, organized by Associate Curator Mary M. Tinti, is presented in collaboration with the Cleghorn Neighborhood Association, the primary service organization for Fitchburg’s Latino and Latino Immigrant communities. This exhibition and its programs are funded in part by the Elsi D. Simonds Lecture Fund.