Ricardo Rodriguez in an exhibit organized by the Museum of Latin American Art


April 6 – June 30, 2013

This exhibition proposes a study of line in space in the work of three artists: Darío Escobar, Ricardo Rodríguez and Enrique Castrejón. The line is not only the foundation of drawing but of other art disciplines, as the representation of a line in space marks delimitations as well as movement.

The two works in MOLAA’s collection, Kukulkán, 2009, by Darío Escobar and Attempt to Construct, 2010, by Ricardo Rodríguez, use the line in a poetic way to address the nature of sculpture. In the case of Escobar, his work consists of baroque lines of rubber tires which struggle to return to their natural curved state and reference the history and social issues of his native Guatemala. Rodríguez’s work is a continuous line that breaks the barrier of bidimensionality becoming a tridimensional object, at the same time challenging how identity is a political construct, from his own experience as a Puerto Rican.

Ricardo Rodriguez work in Korea 10/2012

Rodriguez in a International Exhibit organized by ADC gallery 

Rodriguez in the Bienal of Puerto Rico 2012

TRACES opening night!

TRACES from Ricardo Rodriguez on Vimeo.

Ricardo Rodríguez at PhotoLA 2012

MOLAA Symposium
Between Theory and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century

Between Theory and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century is a two part symposium that will take place in Southern California and in Lima, Peru. The panel of speakers will be comprised of an international group of scholars, curators, museum directors and artists who will discuss new approaches to studying and presenting Latin American art in the 21st century. The first session, from March 11 – 13, 2011 will be held at MOLAA and at The Getty Center in Los Angeles; the second session, from November 2 – 4, 2011 will be held at the Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru. Both sessions will address the same topics but will introduce different speakers.

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January 13– July 3, 2011

Boundaries: Selections from the MOLAA Permanent Collection is composed of three sections. This collection rotation, like previous ones, aims to present a broad picture about Latin American art, both historical and contemporary, ranging from traditional to contemporary electronic media. This exhibition includes important new acquisitions and works never displayed before. The historical section in this new display introduces a selection of works by Chilean artist Roberto Sebastian Matta that focus on the portfolio of aquatint etchings titled Come Detto Dentro Vo Significando.

The second section introduces a two-channel digital video installation by Mexican artist Gabriel de la Mora, titled 39-G.M.C.-23.sept.2007, a performance in video where the artist appears destroying a life-size realistic self-portrait piñata containing entrails and the likeness of blood. This unique video is part of a series dealing with issues of personal identity within the context of family and his Mexican heritage.

The largest and final section gives its name to the exhibition as it deals with issues of boundaries –geographical, political, ideological or cultural. Some works in this section deal directly with forms of mapping, while others function as emblematic symbolic elements around which identity and politics are defined. As a result, they create a complex conceptual interplay between the works. Some artists in this section include: Ricardo Benaim, Benvenuto Chavajay, Milagros de la Torre, Miguel Fernández, Roberto Huarcaya, Walterio Iraheta, Marcos Maggi, Marcos Montiel-Soto, Carlos Motta, Mario Opazo, Ricardo Rodríguez, Doris Salcedo and Gastón Ugalde.

A work that may be seen at the intersection of this rotation is Doris Salcedo, Shibboleth I-IV, a series of four renderings of Salcedo’s site specific installation in preparation for the presentation at the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in London in 2007. Shibboleth, was a fissure that ran as a hairline crack at the top of the ramp near the west entrance of the hall and zigzagged down to the far end, gradually widening and deepening as it ran. For Salcedo, the crack reveals a “colonial and imperial history [that] has been disregarded, marginalized or simply obliterated… the history of racism, running parallel to the history of modernity and… its untold dark side.”

Boundaries is presented with support from the Robert Gumbiner Foundation, Verizon Wireless, the Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach.


Thursday, February 10, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Charter Screening Room

Join Gabriela Martínez, MOLAA’s Associate VP of Education, Selene Preciado, Assistant Curator and artist Ricardo Rodríguez in conversation about borders and boundaries as they present highlights from the exhibition Boundaries: Selections from the MOLAA Permanent Collection.