Of Rage and Redemption Begins National Tour
A chance meeting between a Vanderbilt professor and the grandson of one of Ecuador’s most acclaimed artists led to Vanderbilt’s role in the first U.S. exhibition of that artist’s works in more than 50 years. Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamín premiered in February at Vanderbilt’s Fine Arts Gallery and the Sarratt Gallery before continuing on a nationwide tour.
Carlos Jáuregui, associate professor of Spanish literature and anthropology, met Pablo Guayasamín Madriñán at a reception in 2006. The idea for the exhibit soon developed. Organized by the Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies at Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, the exhibit covers Oswaldo Guayasamín’s (1919–1999) full body of work, most of which has never been seen in the U.S.
The show was underwritten by Susan Braselton Fant, JD’88, and Lester “Ruff” Fant, BA’63. It was developed in cooperation with the Fundación Guayasamín, Quito, Ecuador, the largest depository of the artist’s work in the Americas. Following its Vanderbilt premiere, the exhibit opened at the Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States, in cooperation with Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. The exhibit will then travel to Museo Alameda, San Antonio, Texas; University Galleries, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida; and Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. It will end its scheduled tour at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California, in August 2009.
Photo by Steve Green.