On view beginning Saturday, January 25, 2020
We are pleased to announce Ad Minoliti’s upcoming exhibition Fantasías Modulares at Mass MoCA curated by Isabel Casso, opening this Saturday, January 25th. Experience the grinning triangles, lounging cows, and winking circles that populate the vibrant, queer landscapes of Minoliti’s imagined worlds.
Trained as a painter, Minoliti draws on the rich legacy of geometric abstraction in her native country, Argentina, where geometry was used as a tool for picturing utopian alternatives. By combining abstraction with playful figuration, Minoliti upends familiar fairy tales, turning them on their head. She is particularly interested in disrupting pictorial cultural norms that uphold traditional views of sexuality and gender.
The artist sees many of these cultural norms established in the formative stories of childhood. In contrast to these indoctrinations, Minoliti uses her work to picture alternate realities free of biases by utilizing diverse, colorful, and playful hybrid forms. Her characters are non-binary, challenging the usual categories of male and female, and also blurring boundaries between human, animal, and machine. Her work frequently unsettles anthropocentric views of the world and allows hierarchies between humans and non-humans to dissolve. Working in both two and three dimensions, and between the vocabularies of painting, sculpture, architecture, and design, the artist also collapses traditional categories in art history to harness a more capacious and fluid language. This activation of other beings, entities, and otherwise inanimate objects generates a multitude of possibilities — joyful, colorful, and inviting of a more inclusive world.
Fantasías Modulares is made possible by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in support of MASS MoCA and the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. Additional support is provided by Peres Projects, Berlin. The exhibition is curated by Isabel Casso, a graduate student at the Williams College Graduate Program.
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1040 MASS MoCA WAY
North Adams, MA 01247