A Brief History of Architecture in Guatemala

Mesoamerican architecture will dance at Guggenheim’s upcoming performance

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, A Brief History of Architecture in Guatemala (Breve Historia de la Arquitectura en Guatemala), 2010/13. Color video, with sound, 6:17 minutes, edition 5/5. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, purchased with funds contributed by the Latin American Circle, 2016. (Courtesy the artist and Proyetos Ultravioleta)

In its upcoming event, Latin American Circle Presents: An Evening of Performance, the Guggenheim Museum in New York will host three Latin American performance artists whose work ranges from dancing architecture to musical kitchen tools.

Guatemalan artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa’s piece, A Brief History of Architecture in Guatemala, “examine[s] the tendency of architecture to memorialize regimes of power and exploitation” through the art of dance. Each dancers’ costumes will represent some of the more iconic and historic building types of Mesoamerica, including a Mayan pyramid, colonial church, and modernist block.

Rio de Janeiro–based collective OPAVIVARÁ! will turn kitchen tools into instruments to explore the parallels of celebration and protest, and Argentinian artist Amalia Pica will use two dozen participants to present some of the issues with democratic communication.

The event is part of the Guggenheim’s recent initiatives to diversify its collection and programming and feature more contemporary Latin American art.

The event will take place in the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda on May 5 from 7 to 9 pm. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, please visit the Guggenheim website here.

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