The Cleveland Museum of Art Presents Raúl de Nieves: Fina
Meet the Artist During a Free Public Reception February 1
Cleveland, OH (January 31, 2019)—Raúl de Nieves: Fina is the first solo museum exhibition by Raúl de Nieves (b. 1983, Michoacán, Mexico). Through processes of accumulation and a celebration of excess, de Nieves transforms humble materials into spectacular objects and immersive narrative environments. Presented by the Cleveland Museum of Art at the Transformer Station, Raúl de Nieves: Fina features a new site-specific installation of figurative sculptures on a central mirrored structure in the Transformer Station’s main gallery. While this soaring space is illuminated with blue hues that conjure a cloudless daytime sky, the adjacent smaller gallery evokes nighttime as two figures seem to dramatically emerge from darkness. Narrative facets of Fina are informed by de Nieves’s experience of Mexican artistic and cultural traditions filtered through the lens of this moment in history. Raúl de Nieves: Fina is on view February 2 through April 28, 2019. Visitors can meet the artist during a free public reception at the Transformer Station on Friday, February 1, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
“Raúl de Nieves has emerged as one of the most dynamic and celebrated artists of his generation, whose work exemplifies the global perspective of the CMA’s encyclopedic holdings,” said William Griswold, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. “We are delighted to bring his work to Cleveland, offering visitors a thrilling immersive experience.”
De Nieves, who lives in New York, traces his artistic practice back to his childhood in Mexico: at school and alongside family members, he learned traditional Latin American sewing and beadwork that now permeate his art. He has vivid memories from that time relating to what he describes as “a lifestyle of making” in which basic material production was a part of his family’s everyday routine. At the age of nine, de Nieves immigrated to San Diego with his mother and two brothers. He considers his artistic practice a celebration of the values that are central to his family’s history: faith, perseverance, transformation and community. De Nieves honors this heritage by naming this show after his mother, Josefina.
“De Nieves mines personal and collective histories, recombining fragments of the past to create timeless fantastical worlds,” said Emily Liebert, associate curator of contemporary art. “Through a celebration of everyday materials and artisanal processes, his work suggests the potential for transformation.”
De Nieves has presented solo projects and performances at the Kitchen and the Watermill Center in New York (both 2017) and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia (2016). He has also participated in major contemporary art surveys, including Documenta 14 (2018), Whitney Biennial (2017), and Greater New York (2015) at MoMA PS1. Currently his work is part of the Swiss Institute for Contemporary Art’s inaugural exhibition in its new building that opened in New York last summer. His project “when I look in the Sun I see your eyes,” produced by Art Production Fund and Bulgari, exhibited at Hotel Faena in Miami in December 2018.
Opening Reception: Raúl de Nieves: Fina
Friday, February 1, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Transformer Station, free
Meet one of today’s most dynamic and celebrated artists, and don’t miss his new work! Through processes of accumulation and a celebration of excess, de Nieves transforms humble materials into spectacular objects and immersive narrative environments. Fina, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition, features a new site-specific installation developed for the Transformer Station.
Complimentary refreshments included.
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Recital Hall at the CMA; free, registration required
Raúl de Nieves: Fina is the first solo museum presentation by Mexican American multimedia artist Raúl de Nieves. Through processes of accumulation, de Nieves transforms humble materials into spectacular objects and immersive narrative environments. Fina, the artist’s new site-specific installation at Transformer Station, draws inspiration from Mexican cultural traditions filtered through the lens of this moment in history. For this event, de Nieves will be in conversation with Cleveland-based artist Hector Castellanos-Lara (founder of Cleveland’s annual Day of the Dead celebration), moderated by Emily Liebert, CMA associate curator of contemporary art.
Friday, March 1, 6:00–10:00 p.m.
Bailamos, let's dance! Tonight, we celebrate the many cultures of Latin America with music, dance, and works of art. The dance forms we know today as salsa and merengue evolved from the vibrant and intricate dances of indigenous peoples across Latin America, blended with African and European dance traditions. On this night, we recognize the way that Latin America music and cultures move and unite us all. Featuring DJ Flaco Flash, Papo Ruiz y la Dulzura de la Salsa, Viva Dance Studio, Fresh Tony and TropicalCleveland.
Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler
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