@ University of Chicago, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Logan Center Terrace Seminar Room
Opening Thursday, March 4th, at 6PM
On view through Monday, March 8th
In Conversation: The years now
Wednesday, March 4, 6pm | Logan Center Terrace Seminar Room
Please join Neubauer Family Assistant Professor Edgar Garcia, curator and writer Candice Hopkins, and artist Harold Mendez for a discussion of Mendez’s project The years now. Moderated by Katja Rivera, former Assistant Curator.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Edgar Garcia is the author of Signs of the Americas: A Poetics of Pictography, Hieroglyphs, and Khipu (University of Chicago Press, 2020) and Skins of Columbus: A Dream Ethnography (Fence Books, 2019). He is the Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago, where he also teaches in the department of Creative Writing.
Candice Hopkins is senior curator of the Toronto Biennial of Art and co-curator of the 2018 SITE Santa Fe biennial, Casa Tomada. She was on the curatorial team for documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel, Germany, and a co-curator of the major exhibition Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years. She is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation.
Harold Mendez was included in Being: New Photography (2018) at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the 2017 Whitney Biennial as well as exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; and MoMA PS1, New York. His work has been reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Artforum, and frieze. He is currently based in Los Angeles.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Los Angeles–based artist Harold Mendez brings together objects, images, and sounds—all with their own multiple and layered histories—culled from sites across the Americas and spanning from pre-Columbian times to the present. Transformed and reconfigured into poetic assemblages, they evoke the body’s connections to histories of violence and erasure on the one hand and renewal and remembrance on the other.
Mendez’s exhibition at the Logan Center Gallery, The years now, presents a suite of new sculptures and premieres a new sound installation featuring a found recording in which a speaker contemplates a crisis of identity. Moving around the gallery and emanating from various objects, the peripatetic voice is anchored by a central fiberglass grid scattered with white carnation petals, which are continuously replenished throughout the run of the exhibition. Also included in the presentation is a 3D-printed object—modeled after a pre-Columbian pot from the Field Museum in Chicago. Collected from the Moche Valley in Peru, objects such as this served both a decorative and commemorative function, often accompanying a body into the afterlife. Here, Mendez uses contemporary imaging technology to reimagine the artifact, animating it with sound.
The years now presents a landscape in which ritual and memorial materials function as signifiers for the human body. Skillfully and thoughtfully arranged in new constellations, the elements come together to render a conception of self that is deeply connected to divergent and intersecting histories, reflecting on the way the past continues to haunt the present.
Harold Mendez: The years now is presented by Logan Center Exhibitions and curated by Katja Rivera, Assistant Curator, with Alyssa Brubaker, Exhibitions Manager. This exhibition is made possible by support from the David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, and friends of the Logan Center.