Spanning between The Fed Galleries at KCAD and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), Pulso is rooted in an exploration of the ways in which regional boundaries affect the perception of art. While the artists involved all have ties to Latin America, this collaborative exhibition frees itself from the confines of such labels by allowing the diversity of medium and subject matter to challenge cultural preconceptions of contemporary art and strengthen the dialogue among artists, both locally and globally.
Pulso: Art of the Americas exemplifies a diverse group of artists who position themselves within the broadest developments of contemporary art.
All over the world, including in the United States, we still identify groups with color assignments, and the residue of colonial labels remains. The artists in this exhibition might identify themselves with one, many, or none of the labels assigned to them, like Latino, Mestizo, or American. They challenge the clichés surrounding the art of the Americas by exploring a wide range of media and themes.
It is impossible for an exhibition to represent the entire spectrum of art that exists in the Americas, let alone alleviate the underrepresentation of Latino art and artists in mainstream US exhibitions. However, the responsibility for exploring and assessing the complexities of Latino art belongs to the institutions whose missions are to educate, challenge and question contemporary art of the United States and the Americas.
Pulso is the continuous beat of the heart. The work of these artists represents the rhythm of their travels, pulsating with the life of the Americas. We invite viewers to engage in constructive dialogues with this immense array of talent, this art of the Americas.
Salvador Jiménez Flores UICA Guest Curator Community Arts Advocate Kendall College of Art & Design