Art, Exhibit, Museum, South Wing Gallery

Persistent Visions

Persistent Visions
15 October 2009 to 12 February 2010
3/F, South Wing Gallery

In line with its aim to strengthen the network among art and cultural institutions, the UP Vargas Museum opens Persistent Visions, an exhibition co-organized with the National University of Singapore (NUS) Museum, on 15 October 2009 at the 3/F South Wing Gallery. The exhibition features the video installation by London-based Singaporean artist Erika Tan, to be exhibited simultaneously at the NUS Museum, and selected materials from the UP Vargas Museum art and library collections.

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Drawing from amateur videos deposited at the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum, Tan’s installation work presents a moving imagery of various British colonizing missions in the East and explores the concept of the colonial archive as a site of contestation and power. Materials from the UP Vargas Museum relate the Philippine colonial experience to the video. Photographs of American soldiers and officials serve as vivid journals of the American civilizing project in the Philippines and offer a glimpse of how a colonial power represents itself through its own gaze to reinforce their role in the Orient. Two paintings from the art collection elaborate on the complex relationship between the bearer and object of the gaze in visual representations. Juan Luna’s Picnic in Normandy projects the gaze toward the colonizers, and illustrates the colonized native’s fascination with idyllic life in the West. Day Begins by Vicente Alvarez Dizon presents an image of the Philippines during the Japanese Occupation when Pax Americana was disrupted and a dawn of an East Asia sphere would be ordained.

Exhibition runs until 12 February 2010. For more information, you may contact the UP Vargas Museum at 928-1927 (direct line), 981-8500 local 4024 (UP trunkline), 929-1925 (fax), or send an email to vargasmuseum@gmail.com. You may also visit the Museum’s official website at http://www.vargasmuseum.org.

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About Jorge B. Vargas Museum

It aims to preserve its collection donated by Jorge B. Vargas and conducts research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. The Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a museum, archives, and library devoted to the Philippine history, art, and culture from the late 19th century until the post-war era. Its main beneficiaries are students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the Philippines and Asia.

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Opening reception of Visualizing Sound at the 3F Galleries - 9 February, 6pm Exhibition runs until 16 March 2019. Visualizing Sound is an exhibition that presents the collaboration between artist Gerardo Tan, musicologist Felicidad A. Prudente, and master weaver Sammy Buhle. The exhibition reflects on the translation of forms through the work "Rendering", a video and audio documentation notated in modern sound symbols, which are then translated into visual images, and in turn interpreted in textile by the ikat method. Complementing this is another work by Tan titled Speaking in Tongue (inspired by an indigenous chant from Kalinga called sogna) that tries to articulate the production of vocal sounds resonating from a singer’s mouth. Thus, the exhibition Visualizing Sound becomes an intersection of modes rooted in tradition and enriched in multidisciplinary contexts. The Vargas Museum Education Guide for the show can be downloaded via link over at our Facebook page.
Vargas Museum Education Guides for our February 2019 exhibitions are now available online. The study guides are designed for discussions and activities for classes in Humanities, Art Studies, Anthropology, Fine Arts, Cultural Studies, History, Political and other Social Sciences. It is encouraged that course tutors/teachers have a pre-visit to the exhibition before the class’s actual visit. The education guides may be reproduced. For pre-visits and tours, please inquire via vargasmuseum@gmail.com. Go to our Facebook profile page for the links!
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Visualizing Sound by Gerardo Tan, Dr. Fe Prudente, & Sammy Buhle opens tonight at 6pm! Everyone is invited. #textile #fabric #music #translation #indigenous #contemporary
Visualizing Sound by Gerardo Tan, Dr. Fe Prudente, and Sammy Buhle opens TOMORROW, 9 February, Saturday at 6pm. Everyone is invited to the reception. For more information, please contact 928-1927 during office hours.

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