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Final week of contemporary Latin art exhibit

"La enamorada del viento," Ricardo Espasandín
"La enamorada del viento," Ricardo Espasandín

"So many artists from so many countries doing work in so many textures, colors and styles."

That's how curator Julia Pavone describes "Contemporary Art from the Latin World," an exhibit of art work from the collection of the Latin Network for the Visual Arts (LNVA) on display on the first floor of Shain Library through March 9.

LNVA is a local nonprofit organization that seeks to enrich the community through exposure to contemporary art from countries where Romance languages are spoken. Pavone worked with History Professor Leo Garofalo, Ruth Rusch Sheppe '40 Director of Special Collections Ben Panciera and LNVA President Gaston Daumy to set up the exhibit, which features paintings, photography and sculpture from artists in Spain, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Peru.

"The most exciting thing about the exhibit is that it has such an eclectic mix of styles of art," said Pavone. "The pieces give people a better understanding of what Latin art means beyond what is 'stereotypical.'" Added Garofalo, "This exhibit is a great opportunity for the Connecticut College community to connect with a dynamic local organization. And it helps us diversify and internationalize the curriculum, as LNVA exemplifies transnationalism. What is Latin art? There is no one answer, but the question will lead to a fruitful conversation."

The exhibit space in Shain is one of two spaces overseen by Panciera in his role as director of special collections. He and College Archivist Nova Seals will mount four or more exhibits a year in each space, most featuring items from the College's special collections or archives. But they welcome shows put on by students, faculty, staff and outside organizations.

"We've been fortunate to host shows by members of the campus community and organizations such as the LNVA that enrich the cultural environment on campus," Panciera said.

There will be an exhibit talk and reception Thursday, Feb. 9, at 4:15 p.m. The exhibit is sponsored by the College's Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Department of History.

It is free and open to the public. To view other events on campus this month, visit the Connecticut College calendar of events.

February 6, 2012