2012

Invite 2012_WatchmenWatching the Watchmen | Ronald Ventura
13 November 2012 – 14 December 2012
GF Lobby and West Wing Gallery

In Watching the Watchmen, Ronald Ventura responds to the form of the bulol of the Cordillera. He re-creates the bulol and presents them as anatomies, tattooed pieces, and CGI-inspired renderings that explore pop and contemporary expression. The bulol as an object mimics the silhouette and substance of toys and collectibles, moving away from its customary reference as an indigenous statuary. According to the New York Times, “Over the past 10 years, Mr. Ventura’s works have explored the role and place of religion in Filipino society, issues of identity and social stereotypes, consumerism and warfare. He often juxtaposes unexpected images — like a large skull with Disney characters; or a clown and a gas mask — to push viewers to question the realities of modern society.”


Invite 2012_Cant go back homeCan’t Go Back Home Again: Santiago Bose in the Family Collection
13 November 2012 – 31 January 2012
3F Landing, North and South Wing Galleries, and Library

For the commemoration of Santiago Bose’s 10th year death anniversary, Can’t Go Back Home Again, Santiago Bose in the Family Collection brings out artworks, illustrated journals, footage of interviews, and documentation from the collection of Bose’s family. This is his first exhibition at the University of the Philippines where he took up Fine Arts.


Invite 2012_Cityzening

Cityzening
11 October to 10 November 2012
GF Lobby, West Wing Gallery and Basement C

Cityzening is an exhibit of contemporary pieces reflecting on citizens as city dwellers. Cityzening is an organic life form of its own, a correspondence between the mental map of the city and the practices of its occupants that arises from various engagements and memories. Artists from Manila, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore impart their notions and experiences of city life, proposing answers to the questions “where do cityzens reside?”


Invite 2012_HandumananHandumanan
11 October to 09 November 2012
3/F South Wing Gallery

A Visayan word synonymous with keepsake, memory, and remembrance, Handumanan evokes images, sites and places, people, and stories of the Visayan region through a diverse gathering of works by contemporary artists from the Visayas, ranging from drawings and paintings, to photographs and video works. Conversing with these artworks are selected pieces from the archives and memorabilia collection of Visayan-born Jorge B. Vargas, featuring literature, folklore, maps, and ethnographic accounts of the region, as well as dictionaries and prayer books in various Visayan languages.


Drawing On Board | Daniel Coquilla
11 October – 09 November 2012
3F North Wing Gallery

Drawing On Board is an installation and performance art project by Coquilla. A salvaged one-piece jeepney overhead suspended from the ceiling of the gallery serves both as his drawing board and installation piece. Inspired by his previous top view or “tingala” paintings about everyday life and street culture, it engages the audience as they gaze up to see the work and their own reflection in mirrors attached to the board. The viewers then become the subjects in this situation while they mirror the people depicted in his “tingala” piece. Furthermore, Coquilla shows his fascination with multimedia techniques by documenting the art process, consisting of a sequence of drawing sessions, with a time-lapse record of work in progress from October 1 to 10, which is open to the public as part of the performance.


Kalayaan | The Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development
13 June – 30 June 2012
GF Lobby and West Wing Gallery

The Looking for Juan Outdoor Banner Project is an annual project of The Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (www.CANVAS.ph) that explores the connection of art and social issues. Now on its fourth year, The Looking for Juan Outdoor Banner Project gathers over 70 Filipino visual artists around the theme “Kalayaan.”


Invite 2012_BlissmarketBliss Market
17 May – 09 June 2012
GF Lobby and West Wing Gallery

Bliss Market: Exchange in Time | Space of Transience gathered together a diverse set of artists tasked to intervene in U.P. Bliss as space and community, currently in the throes of neglect, constantly being reimagined by memory and nostalgia.

A project of J Pacena II, Bliss Market takes the central symbol of the old Bliss Mart that used to be grocery and community center of the U.P. Bliss of his childhood. Now just structural ruins, the Bliss Mart is not only memory but also fact: here lies a vestige of a community that could be brought together by common spaces of exchange, both literal and figurative, neighborly and otherwise. That this isn’t true anymore, different as the landscape has become, where childhood leisure has become more about staying in instead of inhabiting the outside, and the individual has rendered community less important, is the current state of U.P. Bliss.


Drawing | Jose Legaspi
8 May to 16 June 2012
3F South Wing Gallery

Jose Legaspi presents a suite of small drawings and two large portraits in his continuing reflection on how it is to intuit the structure of feeling for the self as revealed in a particular state or stance and amid the hectic details of visions of the world.


A&L: The parallel (lives) museum | Alice and Lucinda
29 March to 2 May 2012
3F South Wing Gallery

Not so long ago, Alice and Lucinda became conspirators in alternative self-representations via D-I-Y operations whose works take place in the social realm of urban Manila and the lo-fi art community. Yasmin Sison and Lena Cobangbang are co-generators of ideas in the state of perpetual flux in the days of Generation X, indie pop and alternative icons. Together, they create the alias “Alice and Lucinda” and their debut exhibit The Incredible Lives of Alice and Lucinda took place at Surrounded By Water in Angono in 1999.

A coinciding exhibition at mo_space with emerging artists Catalina Africa and Maria Jeona Zoleta (March 20 – April 15) ran simultaneously with this exhibition, where new post-feminist art found itself in an expanded field of artistic practice.


Tagalog at Taga-ilog | Roberto M. A. Robles
08 March to 27 April 2012
GF Lobby and West Wing Gallery

This exhibition focuses on the convergence between the museum’s milieu and the artist’s sculpture. The inspiration of this project is Saluysoy, Robles’s retrospective held last year, which means “wellspring”. Tagalog at Taga-ilog explores the resonance of the term through sculptures, maquettes, drawings and poetry in the wider discourse of identity and landscape.


Revisiting Modernity | Urban Legend
3/F Galleries
23 February 2012

Archival photographs from the collection of the Sentro ng Arkitekturang Filipino probe the building projects initiated by the Marcos regime in Revisiting Modernity to project an image of progress and national renewal. Through various images, the exhibition presents how the Marcos administration consciously utilized state architecture to legitimize its authoritarian regime and propagate the myth of modernity among its subjects.


SANDATA | Lirio Salvador
19 January to 25 February 2012
GF Lobby and West Wing Gallery

Salvador utilizes everyday and industrial materials such as bowls, bicycle gears, stainless steel pipes, utensils, and discards to form musical instruments. Wanting to own a guitar, he improvised his first stringed instrument when he was a teenager with meager resources. This innovation has become part of his life-long artistic process. Carefully composing these elements to craft pieces that are both decorative and modern, the artist distills the notion of the everyday by reconstructing seemingly banal objects into new forms, translating their meanings.

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"Transpersonal, instructions" opens tonight at 6pm! Participants include Oreet Ashery, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Merlinda Bobis, Patrick D. Flores, Eisa Jocson, The Karrabing Film Collective, Dana Klisanin, Leslie Kulesh, Andy Lacey, Russ Ligtas, Raquel de Loyola, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Mark Salvatus, Evelyn Toacheng Wang, and César H. Villanueva. Eisa Jocson performs a new work tonight at 7:30pm. "Transpersonal>Postnormal Times" symposium will happen tomorrow. Registration is already closed. Seats will be given to walk-in visitors should online registrants fail to register before 10am.
"Transpersonal, instructions" opens tomorrow, Friday at 6pm. Eisa Jocson performs a new work at 7:30pm. The exhibit reception is open to the public. Vehicle access to the museum will be through the southeast gate near the CAL Building. Please refer to our Facebook page for the map. Registration for the "Symposium: Transpersonal>Postnormal Times" on Saturday is already closed. Seats will be given to walk-in visitors should online registrants fail to register before 10am.
ADVISORY: The museum will be closed tomorrow. Regular operations resume on Tuesday, 11 December 2018.
Advisory for the Closing Event of LAWAS tomorrow, 7 December 2018.
Dr. Elizabeth A. Povinelli of Karrabing Film Collective keynotes “Transpersonal>Postnormal Times” Symposium at the Vargas Museum on 15 December 2018. Registration can be completed online: http://bit.ly/Transpersonal15Dec. The symposium is free and open to the public. Priority seating will be given to those who register early and online. Transpersonal>Postnormal Times is a one-day public symposium to support the exhibition Transpersonal, instructions. The symposium will be held on 15 December from 10am to 5pm and includes public events, lectures, instructions, panel meditations alongside sonic scores in the open exchange of the project. The symposium centers on the changing conditions for artists practising today in Manila and surrounding provinces and those working outside of the Philippines. Dr. Elizabeth A. Povinelli is an esteemed anthropologist and the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology in Columbia University, New York. Povinelli describes her practice: “My writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. Informed primarily by the traditions of American pragmatism and continental immanent theory and grounded in the circulation of values, materialities, and socialities. This potential theory has unfolded primarily from within a sustained relationship with Indigenous colleagues in north Australia and across five books, numerous essays, and four films with the Karrabing Film Collective. Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism was the 2017 recipient of the Lionel Trilling Book Award. Karrabing films were awarded the 2015 Visible Award and the 2015 Cinema Nova Award Best Short Fiction Film, Melbourne International Film Festival and have shown internationally including in the Berlinale Forum Expanded, Sydney Biennale; MIFF, the Tate Modern, documenta-14, and the Contour Biennale.” Her publications include: Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism; Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism; The Empire of Love: Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Genealogy, and Carnality, A Public Planet Book, among others.
The Vargas Permanent Art Collection at the 2F Main Gallery is open for viewing from Tuesday to Saturday, 9am-5pm except holidays. For tours, please e-mail us at vargasmuseum@gmail.com. "Transpersonal, instructions" will open at the 1F and 3F Galleries on 14 December 2018. More information will be posted on the project's Facebook Event Page.

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