The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 Monday, March 30, 2020


MIT List Visual Arts Center's upcoming exhibition features Delia Gonzalez's most recent body of work
Delia Gonzalez: The Last Days of Pompeii, 2017, Neon, 47 in. x 8 in. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Fonti, Naples. Photo: Amedeo Benestante.


CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- The MIT List Visual Arts Center features Athens-based artist Delia Gonzalez as part of its List Projects exhibition series. Gonzalez works in drawing, sculpture, music, film, dance, and performance. She draws inspiration from a broad range of sources including the history of the cinema, surrealism, Greek mythology, and different mystical traditions. In her most recent body of work, The Last Days of Pompeii (2017), the fate of the ancient Roman city serves as vehicle for a fantastical reflection on apocalyptic destruction and cyclical renewal, all conceived against the backdrop of the contemporary political landscapes of the United States and Greece. List Projects: Delia Gonzalez opens July 31 and remains on view through September 30, 2018.

Pompeii’s dramatic demise under the ashes of erupting Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. has long occupied the popular imagination. Gonzalez’s project shares its title—spelled out in a neon sculpture mounted at beginning of the List Center exhibition—with a 1926 Italian silent movie, Gil ultimi giorni di Pompeii. This lavish production, itself based on a popular 19th century English novel, was one of the most expensive films at the time and exemplified the industry’s efforts to restore Italian cinema’s former dominance as it had waned vis-à-vis Hollywood, a subtle allusion that further underlines Gonzalez’s preoccupation with decline. The light piece casts a pink glow through two arched entryways, while the pulsing electronic track Vesuvius (2017) resounds through the space, so that the white cube of the gallery becomes reminiscent of a set or stage.

At the center of the exhibition in the Bakalar Gallery are six recent works on paper in acrylic paint and pencil, which feature a series of recurring circles, or full moons. Making reference to Greek and Roman architecture, the works emulate marble surfaces to trompe l’oeil effect. Identical in scale, the moon motif and backgrounds are depicted in varying colors and finished with details in gold leaf. While the history of Pompeii to Gonzalez is emblematic of contemporary societies’ vulnerability to ecological, economic, or political disaster, the marble and the moons in these works by contrast stand for permanence and rebirth, and denote a tenuous sense of optimism in the face of catastrophe.

In conjunction with the exhibition Delia Gonzalez will perform with Bryce Hackford for an evening of enchanting sounds and hypnotic electronic beats on September 4 at 7 PM. This performance will feature music from her album Horse Follows Darkness released November 2017. More information on the event can be found here.

Delia Gonzalez’s (b. 1972, United States, lives and works in Athens and New York) work has been featured in exhibitions at Galleria Fonti, Naples; Schmidt & Handrup, Cologne; Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; Migros Museum, Zurich; Deste Foundation, Athens; and others. Exhibitions in collaboration with Gavin Russom include P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York and SculptureCenter, New York. Gonzalez released her most recent album Horse Follows Darkness on DFA Records in 2017.

List Projects: Delia Gonzalez is organized by Henriette Huldisch, Director of Exhibitions & Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center.










Today's News

July 31, 2018

Display at Tate Modern explores 'Magic Realism Art in Weimar Germany: 1919-1933'

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture acquires coveted Malcolm X manuscripts and notes

Chile to restrict tourists and non-locals on Easter Island

MFA Boston receives gift of monumental Chinese scroll from Wan-go H.C. Weng

Eiffel Tower strike looms over long lines

Franklin, first black 'Peanuts' character, turns 50

Art Gallery of South Australia welcomes over 1 million visitors off the back of record-breaking Impressionist exhibition

Talbot Rice Gallery opens exhibition of works by Lucy Skaer

Krannert Art Museum strengthens collection of works by female artists at close of $10M initiative

Thiel College faculty members and student repair and document art of pop artist Corita Kent

Renowned tennis collection available ahead of US Open

Malaysia drops sedition case against political cartoonist

Photography exhibition examines visual culture of political demonstrations in the 1960s

Nasher Sculpture Center presents its first-ever sound sculpture

Jasmine Becket-Griffith juxtaposes fantasy & psychology in solo show at Corey Helford Gallery

Memories, metals and multisensory realms at Casula Powerhouse

ACMI + Artbank Commission: Innovative new artwork asks who killed trailblazing activist

MIT List Visual Arts Center's upcoming exhibition features Delia Gonzalez's most recent body of work

Hong Kong buskers take a bow in final show before shutdown

Holiday reads: Beachgoers check out French seaside libraries

Exact copy of car that made motor racing history in the 1960s for sale with Aguttes Auctions

New exhibition from Swiss artist Boris Rebetez opens at von Bartha

'Weronika Gęsicka: I remember my birth' on view at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art

UMMA announces new Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful