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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We open Tumba Tumba Children's Museum of Philippine Art by CANVAS on Tuesday, 19 June 2018 at 4pm. The reception is open to the public. For details, go to our Facebook event page of the project.
Bridges: Mariano Ponce & Jorge Vargas In cooperation with Pambayang Museo ng Baliwag 3F Sensorium, UP Vargas Museum Exhibition Run: 20 June to 27 July 2018 Public Reception: 26 June, Tuesday at 4pm "Bridges: Mariano Ponce & Jorge Vargas" looks into the lives of #MarianoPonce and #JorgeVargas, who both served as representatives of the #Philippinegovernment to Japan in times of uncertainty and turmoil. Ponce was sent as an emissary to Japan in 1898 to explore the #Japanese government’s position in the #UnitedStatesofAmerica’s colonization of the Philippines and impending political power over Asia in the late 19th century, while Vargas, whose position as the Executive Secretary of the #Commonwealth Period made it imperative for him to stay in the country, was sent to Japan as an ambassador in 1943 when the first Philippine Embassy in Japan was established. The exhibition explores the political roles of these two #diplomats during tumultuous times as the Philippines built its sense of nationhood, and sought its independence in light of different forces amidst newly-established governments. "Bridges: Mariano Ponce & Jorge Vargas" will engage the younger audience through its interactive and tactile activities in order to draw the youth to the relevance of history and the creation of a collective identity. This exhibition is part of the year-long programs of the Municipality of #Baliwag and Museo ng Baliwag for the 100th Death Anniversary of Mariano Ponce. Museo ng Baliwag was established in 2017 by the Municipality of Baliwag through the efforts of Mayor Ferdinand V. Estrella to promote and preserve the history, arts, and culture of Baliwag. It serves as the Arts, Culture and Heritage Office of the Municipality that creates and implements programs relating to the promotion, conservation, and cultivation of Baliwag’s historic, artistic, and cultural traditions. For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), (+632) 928-1925 (fax) or send an email to vargasmuseum@gmail.com.
First LAWAS Public Art collateral event at the UP Vargas Museum Grounds and CAL Lawn on Wednesday, 13 June: Encounters: Performance by Ea Torrado Open to the public | Info: lawaspublicart@gmail.com, 981-8500 loc. 2659/2660 Developed around Agnes Arellano’s suite of goddess sculptures Dakini, Innana, Kali and Magdalene, "Encounters" explores dualities of human existence and is rooted in Ea Torrado’s exploration of dance as emancipatory ritual. In it, dancers descend into the depths of being with the body as channel for the divine. The encounter is coming together of corporal flesh and greater divinity. Agnes Arellano’s goddesses remind us to be rooted - perhaps, that which we frantically seek is in all of us. Choreographer Ea Torrado is the recipient of Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koryograpiya Award in 2014, Remedios De Oteyza Choreography Award in 2016 and Asian Cultural Council Grant in 2017. Her creations manifest in choreographies, film, installation, site-specific work, and improvisational performance. She is the Artistic Director of Daloy Dance Company. Daloy Dance Company interweaves dance, theatre and improvisation to create daring and evocative contemporary dance. Since its establishment in 2014, Daloy has made waves in the Manila art scene with critically acclaimed and exceptionally varied body of work. With its strong collaborative thrust, the company has worked with notable visual artists in various museums and galleries in the Philippines, and has enjoyed diverse audiences and performed in a range of dance and art festivals locally and abroad in Japan, Thailand, Korea and USA. LAWAS Public Art runs until August 2018.
The first session of the 2018 Art Workshops by Fernando B. Sena at the UP Vargas Museum Basement resumes on 23 June. Registration is ongoing. The workshops are for kids (8+), teens, and adults. Mr. Sena teaches painting, drawing, still life, portraiture, landscape, and figures. Schedule: 9-11:30am, eight Saturdays For details, please contact Mr. Sena at 376-2196 or 0918-951-9989 or Vargas Museum (Glenn/Linda) at 928-1927 during office hours.
Tumba Tumba Children’s Museum of Philippine Art A Proof of Concept Exhibit CANVAS - Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development 19 June to 27 July 2018 1F and 3F Galleries UP Vargas Museum UP Vargas Museum, in cooperation with The Center for Art, New Ventures, and Sustainable Development (CANVAS) and with support from Panta Rhea Foundation and Blanc Gallery, presents Tumba Tumba Children’s Museum of Philippine Art on 19 June, Tuesday, 4pm at the 1F and 3F Galleries of the museum. Tumba Tumba Children’s Museum of Philippine Art is CANVAS’ proof of concept exhibit that transforms the Vargas Museum into a study of an actual operating children’s museum complete with a museum shop. Three new books that will also be launching during the exhibition reception (Ipapasyal Namin si Lolo written by Genaro Gojo Cruz and illustrated by Arvi Fetalvero, Ang Aklatang Pusa written by Eugene Evasco and illustrated by Jared Yokte, and Renato Barja’s Children’s Stories, a catalogue based on painter-sculptor Jojo Barja’s art and notes from the stories he gathered from children during his trips) will have dedicated sections that cater to interactive spaces for children. Abubot, a special show made possible with partnership with Resurrection Furniture, will be part of the exhibition. It will feature art works made out of found objects by participating artists such as Aze Ong, Sergio Bumatay III, Art Sanchez, Renz Baluyot, Liza Flores, and more. Interactive installations by Elmer Borlongan, Pam Yan Santos, and Daniel dela Cruz, two murals by Archie Oclos, and a rainbow installation and a scale model presentation of the future site of CANVAS’ Children’s Museum of Philippine Art by the architectural firm Arkisens will also be showcased in the exhibition.
SCHEDULE ADVISORY: The galleries will be closed next week for ingress and renovation. Our offices and library will also be closed on Tuesday, 12 June (Philippine Independence Day) and Friday, 15 June (Eid'l Fitr: Feast of Ramadan). For information, please call 981-8500 local 4024 during office hours.

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