March 19–July 13, 2014

Permission To Be Global/ Prácticas Globales

Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection

Powerful contemporary voices across the Americas offer critical understandings of what it means to be global.

“Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales” debuts in New England 60 contemporary Latin American works from the collection of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, founder of the CIFO Art Foundation in Miami. Featuring sculpture, painting, photography, video, installation, and performance art from 1960 to the present, the exhibition explores how avant-garde artists from the Caribbean and Central and South America have become integral to discourses on international contemporary art after years of exclusion from institutions at home and abroad. Four thematic sections—Power Parodied, Borders Redefined, Occupied Geometries, and Absence Accumulated—consider distinct aesthetic strategies that resonate within the artists’ cultural contexts and beyond. Their unique visual languages subvert status quo, defy boundaries, humanize art's abstractions, and revisit forgotten histories. Together they offer critical understandings of what it means to be global today. Developed in collaboration with CIFO, the exhibition will be shown in both Boston and Miami (opens December 4, 2013, for Art Basel Miami Beach) with specially commissioned performances and related installations by internationally acclaimed artists.

Above: Daniel Medina, Reja Naranja (Dispositivo Cinético-Social) / Orange Bars (Social-Kinetic Device), 2012. Metal bars on hinges and vinyl paint on wall. © Daniel Medina. Photo credit: Ángela Bonadies. Image courtesy of the artist and the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection.

  • Henry and Lois Foster Gallery (Gallery 158)


The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, presents this exhibition in collaboration with the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation.
This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Supporting sponsorship by Copa Airlines.
With generous support from the Robert and Jane Burke Fund for Exhibitions, and the Leigh and Stephen Braude Fund for Latin American Art.
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