AMERICAS SOCIETY ART GALLERY ANNOUNCES ITS REOPENING FOR SEPTEMBER
After closing on March 16, 2020 due to the pandemic health emergency, Americas Society Art Gallery will reopen to the public on September 30. Appointments will be available in one-hour slots, allowing groups of up to six people at a time into the gallery.
Currently, Americas Society Art Gallery is showing the Paraguayan artist Feliciano Centurión’s exhibition Abrigo, open through November 20, 2020. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States.
Centurión (b. 1962, San Ignacio de las Misiones, Paraguay; d. 1996, Buenos Aires) created textile works engaging with folk art and queer aesthetics in 1990s South America. Through the embroidery and painting of vernacular objects such as blankets and aprons, Centurión rendered poetic readings of his youth in the tropics, his love experiences in the metropolis, and his spiritual reflections before his untimely death due to AIDS-related illness. “Centurión’s form of activism and resistance was intimate and affective, focusing on love, spirituality, and humor—the shelter, or abrigo, that art can provide in a hostile world,” commented exhibition curator Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro.
His work has been largely overlooked since his death in 1996, only recently receiving recognition including a solo presentation at the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo: Affective Affinities in 2018. “His depictions of plants and animals constitute a garden of delights in which memory and imagination work equally to uphold his Paraguayan identity and assert his rightful place in art history,” added Aimé Iglesias Lukin, Director and Chief Curator of Visual Arts at Americas Society.
680 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065