Ateneo Art Gallery opens 2017 with 5 exhibitions
In celebration of the 2017 National Arts Month, the Ateneo Art Gallery (AAG) launched last Feb. 8, 2017 its 2017 Exhibition Program with 5 new exhibits.
AAG Director and Chief Curator Ms. Ma. Victoria “Boots” Herrera welcomed the audience and gave an overview of each of the collections. She said that the exhibition will mainly be based on the AAG collection and the archives of Jose Garcia Villa, a modernist poet in Philippine literature, entrusted to the Rizal Library.
“We thought that opening 5 exhibitions would be a good way to start the year and also to mark the last few months of our stay in this space,” she said, referring to AAG’s coming transfer to Areté, Ateneo’s Creative Hub.
The first exhibition, Ligalig: Art in a Time of Turmoil, is a tribute to the first curator of AAG, Prof. Emmanuel Torres also present during the launch. It will be open until May 27, 2017.
“The exhibition focuses on social realist works, most of which were acquired during Prof. Torres’s term,” Herrera said. She added that Ligalig encompasses themes still relevant to this day.
“It is quite timely, given our political climate,” she said. “So this is our contribution to the discussion about current issues.
Ligalig features paintings, prints, drawings, poems, mixed media, and video works from Martino Abellana, Nunelucio Alvarado, Virgilio Aviado, BenCab, Imelda Cajipe-Endaya, Orlando Castillo, Charlie Co, Kiri Dalena, Antipas Delotavo, Leonilo Doloricon, Alfredo Esquillo, Edgar Talusan Fernandez, Anna Fer, Marciano Galang, Emmanuel Garibay, Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi, Renato Habulan, Neil Manalo, Alfredo Manrique, Manny Montelibano, J. Elizalde Navarro, Galo Ocampo, Onib Olmedo, Jose Tence Ruiz, Pablo Baen Santos, and Lazaro Soriano.
Lines: Pictures and Poems by Jose Garcia Villa is curated by Dr. Jonathan Chua, chairperson of the Ateneo Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, and is presented in cooperation with the Rizal Library. It is also a commemoration of Villa’s 20th death anniversary.
Lines features the “marriage” of Villa’s visual arts and poetry. The collection was donated by the Literary Estate of Jose Garcia Villa to the Ateneo in 2012. This exhibit will run until Aug. 26, 2017.
The 3rd exhibition, Shared Residence, an art project initiated by Poklong Anading, is a collaborative art project among 8 artists and will allow select members of the Ateneo community to temporarily bring home an artwork.
“It is more of an experiment in shared ownership, caring for artworks, and not just caring for yourselves but for the bigger community,” Herrera said.
The last two exhibits, The Bellarmine Hall (1960-67) & Print and Drawing Room (1997-2005), are part of AAG in Review, which is a nostalgic recreation of how the Ateneo Art Gallery was designed by Prof. Torres back in the 60s and 90s. Herrera said that some of the original furniture back then are included in the exhibit.
“It’s really like going back in history. Some of us, like me, remember going back here as a student, especially to the Print and Drawing Room,” Herrera shared.
She hoped that AAG in Review is something that will be of interest to the students.
The last day of AAG in Review will be on May 20, 2017.
Herrera also announced that the Ateneo Art Gallery will be hosting a manga exhibition, care of the Japan Foundation, in June 2017 during the intersession. Aside from the 5 exhibitions, AAG is also exhibiting #LUZ@90, curated by Ambeth Ocampo, in celebration of the 90th birth anniversary of Arturo Luz, National Artist for Visual Arts until Apr. 8, 2017.