HOME—So Different, So Appealing November 17, 2017–January 21, 2018
“A truly astonishing show” —Huffington Post
HOME—So Different, So Appealing features U.S. Latino and Latin American artists from the late 1950s to the present who use the universal concept of “home” as a lens through which to view socioeconomic and political changes in the Americas over the past seven decades. More than 100 works by 39 artists explore the differences and similarities within art related to immigration and political repression; dislocation and diaspora; and personal memory and utopian ideals.
The exhibition brings together U.S. artists of Cuban, Mexican, and Puerto Rican origin in a dialogue with artists from Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela, among other countries. Despite the political, cultural, and religious affinities they share, these two broad and highly diverse groups have been, until now, treated separately from one another.
Across a variety of media—including painting, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, film, and video—these artists examine and interpret one of the most basic social concepts by which individuals, families, nations, and regions understand themselves in relation to others. In the process, these works of art also offer an alternative narrative of postwar and contemporary art.
The artists featured in HOME—So Different, So Appealing are Laura Aguilar, Allora & Calzadilla, Carmen Argote, Andres Asturias, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Myrna Báez, Antonio Berni, Johanna Calle, Luis Camnitzer, Leyla Cardenas, Livia Corona Benjamin, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Gabriel de la Mora, Perla de Leon, Christina Fernandez, León Ferrari, Ramiro Gomez, Beatriz González, Félix González-Torres, María Teresa Hincapié, Salomón Huerta, Jessica Kaire, Guillermo Kuitca, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Antonio Martorell, Gordon Matta-Clark, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Mondongo, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Julio Cesar Morales, Jorge Pedro Núñez, Camilo Ontiveros, Pepón Osorio, Miguel Angel Rios, Miguel Ángel Rojas, Doris Salcedo, Juan Sanchez, Teresa Serrano, and Vincent Valdez.
Go behind the scenes with videos and artists’ personal stories in a series of HOME blog posts.
The illustrated exhibition catalogue is available through the MFA Shop (713.639.7360) and the Museum’s Hirsch Library (713.639.7325).
Watch a conversation between artist Guillermo Kuitca and Mari Carmen Ramírez, the Wortham Curator of Latin American Art for the MFAH.
This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with the support of the Getty Foundation.
In Houston, the exhibition is supported by:
Leslie and Brad Bucher
Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation
Gail and Louis Adler
Sara and Bill Morgan
Olive McCollum Jenney
Ms. Victoria Goldstein and Mr. Randall H. Jamail
Jorge and Darlene Pérez
Sofia Adrogué and Sten L. Gustafson
Samuel F. Gorman
Linda and George Kelly
SICARDI AYERS BACINO
Mark and Mary Troth
Ileana and J. Michael Treviño
Additional generous support is provided by the Latin Maecenas, the patron group for the Latin American art department at the MFAH.