TRIUMPH OF PHILIPPINE ART On Display in Montclair, NJ, 9/21-12/15
Philippines, visual arts, Montclair, New Jersey
Montclair, New Jersey, September 12, 2013--Montclair State University and the renowned Ayala Museum (Manila), in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate General of New York , will host an exhibition of contemporary Philippine art, inspired by the South East Asian archipelago's long history of socio-economic/political struggles and its search for a national identity. Titled "Triumph of Philippine Art," the unique retrospective is the first exhibit to ever specifically use artwork to tell the nation's political story: beginning with the oppression of the Martial Law period (1972-1986), leading up to the 1986 non-violent "revolution that surprised the world" and ultimately resulting in the vibrant and robust art of a free society at the turn of the 21st century. The exhibit will be displayed at Montclair State University's George Segal Gallery from September 21 through December 15, 2013.
"The exhibit features works produced during one of the most turbulent periods in Philippine history, which led to a paradigm shift in the nation's political, economic and sociocultural life," said Mario L. De Leon, Jr., consulate general of New York. "The art of the period, as seen through the featured artists, mirrors the developments in these event-filled years and acts as a prism through which history and its ramifications are refracted and viewed. The imprint of 'Triumph of Philippine Art' will be felt for generations."
Curated by Director of the George Segal Gallery M. Teresa Lapid Rodriguez --a Philippine-born artist who experienced first-hand the repressive regime of former President Ferdinand Marcos --the exhibit is the centerpiece of a multi-disciplinary campus-wide series of events celebrating Filipino culture, history and art (complete listing below). Rodriguez will give a public lecture about the exhibit, offering historical context for Filipino art.