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"Rivane Neuenschwander: Joe Carioca"
2007-03-06 until 2007-06-24
Saint Louis Art Museum
St. Louis, MO,
The Saint Louis Art Museum announces the opening of "Joe Carioca", the ninth installation in the Museum's New Media
Series. In this witty and absurd, yet poignant animated film, noted Brazilian
artist Rivane Neuenschwander explores intersections between cultures and
the ways our hopes and dreams take material form. "Joe Carioca" was influenced by a student workshop the artist conducted in
association with her first Saint Louis Art Museum exhibition "Currents 93:
Rivane Neuenschwander". During the workshop, Neuenschwander described
Joe Carioca, a cartoon character created by Walt Disney Studios in 1942 to
represent her home country in American movies, newspaper comic strips and
comic books, and encouraged the students to create a character that would
represent Brazil today.
Neuenschwander used the children's drawings as points of departure
throughout this film to construct a series of vignettes exploring the
possibilities and challenges of intercultural communication. In one scene, a
suitcase emits phrases for animal calls in various languages. In another, the
artist addresses the economic motivations between cross-cultural exchange
when a map of South American materializes, transforms into a bar code and
Rivane Neuenschwander (born 1967) lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
She studied at the School of Fine Arts in Belo Horizonte and at the Royal
College of Art in London. She has had solo exhibitions at venues including the
Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and Portikus in
Curated by Robin Clark, associate curator of contemporary art, "Joe Carioca"
will be on view in Gallery 301 through June 24, 2007.
The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the nation's leading comprehensive art
museums with collections that include works of art of exceptional quality from
virtually every culture and time period. Areas of notable depth include
Oceanic art, pre-Columbian art, ancient Chinese bronzes and European and
American art of the late 19th and 20th centuries, with particular strengths in
20th-century German art. The Museum offers a full range of exhibitions and
educational programming generated independently and in collaboration with
local, national, and international partners.
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