Latitudes’ essay ‘Un suelo para las historias del arte del futuro’ (Soil for Future Art Histories) is included in the newly-released catalogue
of Futuros Abundantes
(Abundant Futures), an exhibition
of works from the TBA21 Collection curated by Daniela Zyman that took place at the C3A Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía in Córdoba last year.
As seen in this month’s Cover Story, The Tree of Modern Art—Planted 60 years ago
by Mexican artist and researcher Miguel Covarrubias first appeared in Vanity Fair
magazine in 1933, three years before Alfred H. Barr Jr., the first director of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, made his much more widely known Diagram of the Stylistic Evolution of Art 1890–1935
The essay shows how we might turn the page on such pseudo-organic metaphors, root-and-branch diagrams that have underpinned the cultural narratives of the archetypical institutions of twentieth-century art, and instead consider an entity that has been largely neglected in its capacity to connect human and natural relations: soil.
Soil-attuned thinking in exhibition-making and art museums could, we suggest, “enable a better comprehension of the complex webs made up of various, sometimes conflicting modes of organization and overlapping rhythms that structure an institution. Instead of tree analogies and diagrams of ‘potted history,’ we might imagine intricate time-bound soil forms as complex as the flows in the earth system or planetary movements of water and capital.”
will be launched in ARCOmadrid’s section of ArtsLibris
, on February 23rd at 5pm. Contributions include: Rosemary-Claire Collard, Jessica Dempsey, and Juanita Sundberg; Beatrice Forchini; Mario García Torres; Macarena Gómez-Barris; Berta Gutiérrez Casaos; Soledad Gutiérrez Rodríguez; Latitudes; Regina de Miguel; Plata; Matthew Ritchie; Jess Saxby; Daniela Zyman; Ibn Zaydun.