Contact: Francisco Loyola
Kenosha Creative Space to welcome “Imagines de Latin America” – a high-profile exhibition of modern art
A memorial exhibition of modern art from Latin America will debut at the Kenosha Creative Space in August.
The exhibit, “Imagenes de Latin America,” is the result of a collaboration between Kenosha Creative Space, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the family of the late Kenosha native Pat Tully Baird and her late husband, Tom Baird.
The Bairds amassed a prolific collection of modern art while living in Mexico from the 1950s until the late-1980s. Selections from this collection will be exhibited at the Kenosha Creative Space from Aug. 10 to Sept. 15, after which plans are being made for them to go on display in other cities of significance to the Baird family.
The images include rare prints of works by many of the best artists of the time, including Rufino Tamayo, Juan Soriano and Carlos Cruz-Diez. Most of these works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Bogota, the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, and the Instituto Nacional de Belles Artes in Mexico City, as well as other major museums throughout the world.
The exhibit aims to foster a greater appreciation of the life and the art of Latin America. There will be events throughout six weeks for all ages on printmaking and the fine arts of the Americas. A self-guided audio tour will allow visitors to gather a greater knowledge of the individual pieces on display.
The exhibition was made possible by a grant from the Enroth Family Fund through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, in honor of Patte Heller Bleil. Heller Bleil was the goddaughter of Pat Tully Baird.
The show has been coordinated by Kenosha resident Margaret Heller, who worked with Baird family members to have the prints shipped in from across the United States and prepared for exhibition. “I lived in Mexico in the early ’70s and became aware of the collection,” Heller said. “My uncle worked for Carton y Papel de Mexico, and the corporation funded this project while my uncle coordinated it. “Seven to 10 well-known Latin American artists were chosen each year to create an image which was printed and distributed to clients, friends and museums. By 1980, there were over 250 images that displayed the depth and diversity of Latin American art.”
Francisco Loyola, executive director of Kenosha Creative Space, said the organization is honored to bring this influential collection to Kenosha, and to help package it for audiences in other locations. “This means a lot to us, to be able to share these significant works of Latin American art with our community,” Loyola said. “We thank the Baird family, the Enroth family, and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation for their generosity.”
More information is available at https://latinamerica2019.kenoshacreativespace.com/.
About Kenosha Creative Space:
Kenosha Creative Space is a non-profit organization committed to creating economic opportunities for local artists, musicians, creatives, entrepreneurs and local partner organizations. The partner organizations and individual supporters share the goal of using their collective resources for the mutual benefit of the Kenosha Creative Space, the creative community and the community at large.
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