Enjoy an engaging conversation with artist Beatriz González, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and Director of International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the MFA Houston Mari Carmen Ramírez, and PAMM Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander. The artist and exhibition co-curators will discuss González's practice that spans six decades and how it helped shape her first large-scale U.S. retrospective. The discussion will take place in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation into English. Beatriz González: A Retrospective will be on view through September 1, 2019.
Beatriz González was born in 1938 in Bucaramanga and currently lives in Bogotá, Colombia. She has had solo exhibitions at the Galeria Casas Riegner, Bogotá; Peter Kilchmann Galerie, Zurich; Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellín; Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico; Museo del Barrio, New York; Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas; Fondo Cultural Cafetero, Bogotá; Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá; CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; and the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Her work has been included in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Drawing Room, London; documenta 14, Kassel; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Pérez Art Museum Miami; Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museo de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires; Jerusalem International Convention Center; Phoenix Art Museum; and the Denver Art Museum. González's work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museo del Barrio, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt; and the Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá.
Tobias Ostrander has served as Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Pérez Art Museum since 2011. He oversees the diverse programming of this museum's Herzog and de Meuron designed building that opened in December of 2013. At PAMM he has curated projects by Mario Garcia Torres, Édouard Duval-Carrié, Geoffrey Farmer, Leonor Antunes, Jeff Wall, Sheela Gowda, David Reed, and Meiro Koizumi, as well as organized the first major U.S. surveys of the work of Beatriz Milhazes and Julio Le Parc. His recent group exhibitions include On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection and Poetics of Relation, an exhibition inspired by the writings of the Martinique-born poet Édouard Glissant. Prior to relocating to Miami, he worked in Mexico City from 2001 to 2011, first as the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museo Tamayo (2001–2009) and then as Director of El Museo Experimental El Eco (2009–2011). From 1999 to 2001 he served as Associate Curator of inSITE2000, a bi-national public art project in the border region of San Diego and Tijuana. From 1997 to 1998 he was an Assistant Curator on the XXIV Bienal de São Paulo.
Mari Carmen Ramírez is the Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and Director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A globally renowned authority on modern and contemporary Latin American art, Ramírez has published extensively and curated numerous award-winning exhibitions, including HOME—So Different, So Appealing (LACMA and MFAH, 2017, with Chon Noriega and Pilar Tompkins); Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America (MFAH, 2015); Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona (MFAH and MALBA, 2013); Constructed Dialogues: Concrete, Geometric and Kinetic Art from the Latin American Art Collection (MFAH, 2012); Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in Space and Time (MFAH, 2011; MALBA, 2011; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, 2012; MUAC, Mexico City, 2012); Joaquín Torres-García: Constructing Abstraction with Wood (The Menil Collection, Houston, 2009-10; San Diego Museum of Art, 2010); Dimensions of Constructive Art in Brazil: The Adolpho Leirner Collection (2007); Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Color (MFAH and Tate Modern, 2006-07); Gego: Between Transparency and the Invisible (MFAH, 2005; MALBA, 2006; Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá, 2006; The Drawing Center, New York, 2007); Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin (Queens Museum of Art, 1999). In tandem with Héctor Olea, she curated Inverted Utopias: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America (MFAH, 2004) awarded by the International Association of Art Critics as the "Best Thematic Museum Show Nationally" in the USA. Ramírez also conceptualized and implemented the ICAA Documents of 20th Century Latin American and Latino Art Project, a major digital archive and book series focused on primary sources. In 2005, Ramírez received the Award for Curatorial Excellence granted by the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. That same year, Time named her one of "The 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America."