This Week at the Vargas:

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Place of Region in the Contemporary
Initial project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN)
8 December 2017-27 January 2018

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Recently concluded:

DEVOUR | Katti Sta. Ana
3F Galleries – 3 November-1 December 2017, public reception on 9 November

GREEN GO HOME
1F Galleries – 13 October-18 November 2017

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PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS

  • The Vargas Permanent Art Collection, impressionist, modern and contemporary art at the 2F Main Gallery
  • Jorge B. Vargas: A Collecting Life, at the 3F Library and Archives Room
  • PREVIOUS SHOWS

  • By Sword and Fire | Renz Baluyot
    3F Galleries – 28 July-26 August 2017
  • Take a Line for a Walk
    1F Galleries – 20 June-22 July 2017
  • KARAPATAN: Artist Stand for Human Rights
    3F Galleries – 20 June-22 July 2017
  • EXISTENCE | Ged Merino and Aze Ong
    1F Galleries – 12 May-13 June 2017
  • OBRA NI VAL: Carlos Valino Jr., Retrospective
    3F Galleries – 12 May-13 June 2017
  • International Exhibition: ALMOST THERE | venues: Vargas Museum galleries, UP Sunken Garden and online [balaraheritage.org]
    2 March-6 May 2017
  • RECENT EXHIBITIONS

  • The homecoming of TIE A STRING AROUND THE WORLD
    Philippine Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale
    1F Galleries & 3F Galleries, 09 December 2016 - 18 February 2017
  • A Matter of Contemplation and Discontent | Art in Romania, 1980s-1990s
    1F Galleries, 22 September - 19 November 2016
  • REPUBLIC: 2016 Vargas Museum Art History Series exhibition
    3F Galleries, 22 September - 26 October 2016
    re-curated at the Stairway until 25 November 2016
  • SOCIAL FABRIC | Karl Castro
    3F Galleries, 3-25 November 2016
  • Dancing The Shrimp (The Tactical Improvisation of Postcolonial Space Mix) | Jon Cuyson 1F Galleries, 11 August - 15 September 2016
  • School of Sansó | Juvenal Sansó UP Retrospective show 3F Galleries, 11 August - 15 September 2016
  • The Banquet | Jaime Pacena II 1F Galleries | 8 June - 9 July 2016
  • PERYA | Group show organized by CANVASph 3F Galleries | 8 June - 9 July 2016
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    25-27 January 2018 | Thursday to Saturday, 3-5pm
An Ecological, The Obligatory Reading Series (Season 1)

Closing the first year of PCAN, the Public Engagement and Artistic Formation introduces an itinerant educational initiative in the form of a reading group, established to explore ideas and accommodate materials collected and discussed by the institution’s ongoing research. The reading group is a bi-monthly meeting, hosted in the last week of a month. 
The initial series of reading proceeds from the use of the term “ecological/ecology” in understanding practices of public engagement and artistic formation. In the first meeting (January 25), we will focus on Isabelle Stengers’ work that qualifies the scientific and political dimensions of the ecological as a method of creating relations and as a mode of understanding these relationships to the world. We will ask how these relations create ‘modern’ practices and their other through conceptual vectors utilized by Stengers, such as pharmakon, factishistic proposition, and constraints. The second meeting (January 26) will be an exercise on reading data and statistics about rice production and supply through Mark Sanchez’s project Rice Food Web (2017). Moderated by the artist, the session releases the interpretation of these articles into an open platform of alternative and multiple readings of information. We will ask the agency and dynamics of artistic research/artist-led research in the economy of ‘scientific’ information and policy-oriented knowledge production. In the final meeting (January 27), we will read into a history of an institution and institution-building through its documentation, collected and archived outside its context in Marawi. This session will be an encounter with the Dansalan Quarterly Journal, a community-based, interdisciplinary publication produced by the Dansalan Junior College (now Dansalan Research Foundation) in 1975. 
Session 1 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM, 25 Jan
Cosmopolitics I
Isabelle Stengers
Moderated by Renan Laru-An

Session 2 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM, 26 Jan
Reading the Web
Moderated by Mark Sanchez

Session 3 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM, 27 Jan
Dansalan Quarterly Journal Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities
Curator’s Walk-through 
and Conversation with Martin Lorenzo De Mesa and Kat Palasi

25 January 2018| Thursday, 2:30-5pm, 1F Lobby

Tessa Maria Guazon, coordinator of the Exhibition and Curatorial Analysis component of PCAN, shares her ideas and processes through a curatorial walk-through of "Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities" at the 1F Lobby of Vargas Museum. The exhibition explores ideas of the region and the different “practices of placeness” in Philippine contemporary art by tracing numerous strains of place making in the works of artists from different localities across the Philippines.

A conversation with two of the thirteen featured artists of Traversals/Trajectories follows the curator’s walk-through; visual storyteller and textile artist Kat Palasi and interdisciplinary artist Martin de Mesa offer insights into their art practice as well as their specific local contexts.

Place of Region in the Contemporary, the initial project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN), closes with several activities on the last week of January 2018. The four exhibitions currently on view at the Place of Region in the Contemporary introduce the four nodes of the network. 
All events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration via vargasmuseum@gmail.com preferred. Contact during office hours: 928-1927

https://pcan.org.ph/
Main event page of project on UP Vargas Museum: https://www.facebook.com/events/585701778427439/ 24 January 2018
Wednesday, 10-11:30am
Art Historiography Series: Jess Ayco in Philippine Art

The Knowledge Production and Circulation component of PCAN, coordinated by Roberto G. Paulino, identifies research themes and topics pertinent to the vision of the proposed network. For its pilot research project, it undertakes archival research on Philippine artists Jess Ayco (1916-1982), Santiago Bose (1949-2002), Abdulmari Imao (1936-2014), and Junyee (Luis Yee Jr) (born 1942). The first lecture of Roberto G. Paulino in the Art Historiography Series of PCAN through the Place of Region in the Contemporary focuses on the study of the Filipino modernist Jess Ayco who lived and worked in Bacolod.

Place of Region in the Contemporary, the initial project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN), closes with several activities on the last week of January 2018. The four exhibitions currently on view at the Place of Region in the Contemporary introduce the four nodes of the network. 
All events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration via vargasmuseum@gmail.com preferred. Contact during office hours: 928-1927

https://pcan.org.ph
Main event page of project on UP Vargas Museum: https://www.facebook.com/events/585701778427439/ The project Place of Region in the Contemporary is closing next week. Activities from 24 to 27 January are free and open to the public. Please check UP Vargas Museum page for full details. **25 January 2018** Thursday, 2:30-5pm
Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities
Curator’s Walk-through and Conversation with Martin Lorenzo De Mesa and Kat Palasi

Tessa Maria Guazon, coordinator of the Exhibition and Curatorial Analysis component of PCAN, shares her ideas and processes through a curatorial walk-through of "Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities" at the 1F Lobby of Vargas Museum. A conversation with two of the thirteen featured artists of Traversals/Trajectories follows the curator’s walk-through; visual storyteller and textile artist Kat Palasi and interdisciplinary artist Martin de Mesa offer insights into their art practice as well as their specific local contexts.  The exhibition explores ideas of the region and the different “practices of placeness” in Philippine contemporary art by tracing numerous strains of place making in the works of artists from different localities across the Philippines. Collateral activities are organized with the exhibition, including a discussion platform to examine impulses underlying the curatorial —those that frame and activate localities in their assertion of claims to place against an overarching globality.

https://www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd/posts/10155899791262667 Roberto G. Paulino coordinates the Knowledge Production and Circulation component of PCAN. For Place of Region in the Contemporary, Paulino initiates an archival research on Philippine artists Jess Ayco (1916-1982), Santiago Bose (1949-2002), Abdulmari Imao (1936-2014), and Junyee (Luis Yee Jr) (born 1942). Born or based in the regions of Bacolod, Baguio, Jolo, and Los Baños, the artists represent the disparate conditions and production in Philippine modern and contemporary art. *****************************************24 January 2018
Wednesday, 10-11:30am
Art Historiography Series: Jess Ayco in Philippine Art

The first lecture of Roberto G. Paulino in the Art Historiography Series of PCAN through the Place of Region in the Contemporary focuses on the study of the Filipino modernist Jess Ayco who lived and worked in Bacolod. Place of Region in the Contemporary is on its last ten days of viewing. At the Sensorium of the museum's third floor, texts about artist-curator Raymundo Albano are displayed alongside his poetry and curatorial and graphic design. Visitors are encouraged to spend time to read at this area. 
Place of Region in the Contemporary is the initial project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN). https://www.pcan.org.ph

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