Pérez Art Museum Miami Presents Most Significant Exhibition of Doris Salcedo's Work to Date

Exhibition Showcases Three Decades of Artist’s Sculpture and Installation

MIAMI – March 31, 2016 – Beginning April 22 through July 17, 2016, Pérez Art Museum Miami will present Doris Salcedo, an exhibition showcasing 30 years of sculpture and installation by the Bogotá-based artist. This exhibition brings together the largest presentation of Salcedo’s work to date. It follows a loosely chronological trajectory, highlighting works ranging from the skeletal frames of hospital cots in her early Untitled works (1989–90/2013) to her newest series, Disremembered (2014), garments woven from silk thread and needle. It also features large-scale installations including the labyrinthine arrangement of tables, Plegaria Muda (2008–10), which seeks to affirm the possibility of life even in difficult circumstances, and A Flor de Piel (2014), a memorializing work made from hundreds of thousands of rose petals that have been stitched together by hand.

Salcedo’s work is deeply rooted in her country’s social and political landscape, including its long history of civil conflicts. Her sculptures and installations address these fraught circumstances with elegance and a poetic sensibility that balances the gravitas of her subjects with subtle formality. Rather than making literal representations of violence or trauma, Salcedo’s artworks convey a sense of an absent, missing body and evoke a collective sense of loss. The resulting pieces engage with multiple dualities at once—strength and fragility, the ephemeral and the enduring—and bear elements of healing and reparation in the careful, laborious process of their making.

Salcedo grounds her art in rigorous fieldwork, which involves extensive interviews with people who have experienced loss and trauma in their everyday lives. This process imbues her work with an intimate connection to the personal that speaks to collective experiences and universal emotions. In more recent years, Salcedo has created large-scale, site-specific installations around the world, including in Turkey, Italy, England, and her native Colombia.


Museum Circle Preview for Doris Salcedo
Wednesday, April 20, 7-9pm

Pérez Art Museum Miami Museum Circle members are invited for an exclusive preview of the new special exhibition, Doris Salcedo. Exclusively for Museum Circle members (Friend, Patron, Core Creative, Benefactor & above). To join Museum Circle visit pamm.org/support.

PAMM Member Early Access Day for Doris Salcedo
Thursday, April 21, 10am-7pm
PAMM members receive early access to the new special exhibition, Doris Salcedo. Exclusively for PAMM members. To become a member, visit pamm.org/support.

Art Talk: Doris Salcedo
Saturday, April 23, 2pm

In conjunction with the opening of Doris Salcedo, the artist will present a talk in the PAMM auditorium that touches upon the art and influences that have marked her 30-year career. Open to the public. Free with general museum admission. Space is limited. First come, first seated.

Doris Salcedo is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Lead support for the exhibition is provided by the Harris Family Foundation, Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, Anne Kaplan, Howard and Donna Stone, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Helen and Sam Zell. Major Support is provided by The Chicago Community Trust, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Ministry of Culture of Colombia and Embassy of Colombia in Washington, D.C., Barbara Bluhm-Kaul and Don Kaul, Paula and Jim Crown, Nancy and Steve Crown, Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation, Liz and Eric Lefkofsky, Susana and Ricardo Steinbruch, and Kristin and Stanley Stevens. Additional generous support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Marilyn and Larry Fields, the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, Agnes Gund, the Kovler Family Foundation, Nancy and David Frej, Mary E. Ittelson, Lilly Scarpetta, Jennifer Aubrey, the Dedalus Foundation, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, Ashlee and Martin Modahl, Lois and Steve Eisen and the Eisen Family Foundation, the North Shore Affiliate of the MCA, Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein, Jeanne and Michael Klein, Lisa and John Miller, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Maria C. Bechily and Scott Hodes, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, Jill Garling and Tom Wilson, Solita Mishaan, and Sara Szold. The artist’s galleries have also provided support to present the exhibition and catalogue: White Cube and Alexander and Bonin, New York.

The presentation of this exhibition at Pérez Art Museum Miami has been made possible by global law firm Hogan Lovells with additional support from Phillips and Veuve Clicquot. Lead individual support was received from Patricia and William Kleh with additional support provided by Maria Bechily and Scott Hodes, and Nina Fuentes. Support from Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Colombia are also gratefully acknowledged.

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