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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents FOCUS: Gabriel Acevedo Velarde

The Stranger by Gardar Eide Einarsson, 2008

The Stranger by Gardar Eide Einarsson, 2008

FOCUS: Gabriel Acevedo Velarde
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
February 21 – April 4, 2010

The FOCUS exhibition series is organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Curator Andrea Karnes for the Museum’s Director’s Council, a group that supports acquisitions at the Museum. Each FOCUS exhibition presents work by an emerging contemporary artist. FOCUS exhibitions are open to the public and are included in general Museum admission: $10 for adults; $4 for seniors (60+) and students with identification; free for children 12 and under; free for Modern members.

FOCUS: Gabriel Acevedo Velarde

Born 1976, Lima, Peru; lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Gabriel Acevedo Velarde is a multicultural, multimedia artist who creates narratives in which autobiography, history and fiction are intertwined. The artist was born in Lima, Peru; received his BFA in Puebla, Mexico; attended film school in Mexico City; and currently lives in Berlin, Germany. Having these different cultural viewpoints has informed his perspective on how individuality is created in a global society. His experimental videos and installations explore the notion of identity and its evolution through the use of social parables.

Central to a number of his projects is dialogue, which is either spoken in the artist’s own voice (in the form of personal anecdotes or commentary), or is made in documentary style video interviews with anonymous people in urban areas. These dialogues can be as benign as chatter on a subway, or can extend to more complex facets of human behavior. For example, moral dilemmas, political corruption and various modes of crisis, have all been subjects in his works. The artist’s inclusion of his own voice in these dialogues reveals his regional, cultural and personal biases. In turn, museum visitors add a final layer to these world portraits.

Acevedo Velarde’s projects have been exhibited in museums and galleries in Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Lima, London, Madrid, Frankfurt, Berlin, Geneva, and New York. FOCUS: Gabriel Acevedo Velarde marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in an American museum.

Special Programs

Tuesday Evenings Lecture Series

Featuring Gabriel Acevedo Velarde

February 16, 7 p.m.

Gabriel Acevedo Velarde will present a performance piece, Marathon, in conjunction with the FOCUS exhibition during his lecture.

The Director’s Council

The Director’s Council was formed in 1985, and assists the Museum with acquisitions through the FOCUS series. This series features three solo exhibitions organized annually by Curator Andrea Karnes. Each exhibition opens with an exclusive cocktail reception for Council members, an opportunity to meet the featured artist and discuss his or her work. One work by each artist is chosen by the Museum to be part of the final selection for the Council’s Purchase Meeting, the climax of the FOCUS season. This format provides members with an in-depth understanding of the Modern’s acquisitions process and offers a spirited and popular series of events. The annual dues, $525, include all the benefits of a Family membership and invitations to exclusive Director’s Council events.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Museum Location

3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Museum Gallery Hours

Tue 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Feb-Apr 10 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Wed-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

General Admission Prices (includes special exhibition)

$4 for students with ID and seniors (60+)
$10 for adults (13+)
Free for children 12 and under
Free for Modern members
Free the first Sunday of every month and half price every Wednesday

The Stranger by Gardar Eide Einarsson, 2008

The Stranger by Gardar Eide Einarsson, 2008

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