New exhibition explores the legacy of colonialism in Puerto Rico by visual tradition

The Museum of the Outdated Colony: an artwork set up by Pablo Delano

Feb. 1-March 26, 2022

Opening reception: Tuesday, Feb. 1, 5-7 p.m. Duke Hall Gallery of Great Artwork

Artist’s chat by Pablo Delano at 5:30 p.m. with remarks by Dr. Laura Katzman, guest curator

Community Party: Movie screening and panel discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5:30-8 p.m. in the Duke Gallery Courtyard 

The Museum of the Aged Colony is an ongoing, website-particular, conceptual artwork installation by visible artist Pablo Delano that scientific studies how daily objects, imagery and movie have formed misperceptions of Puerto Rico after the Spanish-American War of 1898, when it was seized by the United States armed service from Spain as a “possession.”  The exhibition will open at James Madison University’s Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Artwork on Feb. 1, 5-7 p.m., with remarks by guest curator Laura Katzman and an artist’s converse by Delano.

With dry wit and sardonic humor, the exhibition confronts the stereotypes of Puerto Rico spread by mainstream media more than the earlier 124 decades the romantic relationship between U.S. imperial power and the island-nation and the lasting and devastating legacies of colonial rule.

The gallery will host a film screening and panel dialogue on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5:30-8 p.m. in the Duke Gallery Courtyard. Cecilia Aldarondo’s award-profitable documentary Landfall is about the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Panelists will include things like: Taína Caragol (Smithsonian Countrywide Portrait Gallery) Nefin Dinc (SMAD/JMU) Ángel Garcia (Geology/JMU) Amanda Guzmán (Trinity University) and Marianne Ramírez Aponte (Museum of Modern day Artwork, Puerto Rico). 

Delano was born in Puerto Rico and retains a B.F.A. from Tyler College of Artwork/Temple University and an M.F.A. from Yale College, both equally in portray. He has taught at Trinity College or university in Hartford, Conn. because 1996, developing a guide of black and white photographs, In Trinidad, documenting the nation’s publish-colonial nation creating, whilst amassing the archival images and artifacts that would ultimately grow into The Museum of the Outdated Colony. In 2019, Delano was appointed Charles A. Dana Professor of Fine Arts.

Katzman is a JMU artwork history professor who specializes in documentary images on the U.S. continent and in Puerto Rico in the course of the New Deal and put up-Environment War II eras. She is the editor and an essayist for this installation’s catalogue, which will involve essays by mentioned students, which include Gallery Director Dr. Beth Hinderliter, a foreword by Marianne Ramírez Aponte (Museum of Modern day Art of Puerto Rico), and an extensive interview with the artist. 

The Museum of the Previous Colony lives in the everlasting selection of the Museum of Contemporary Artwork of Puerto Rico | Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico and has traveled about the globe. 

Contact Beth Hinderliter at (540) 568-6407 or by electronic mail at [email protected] for far more facts or to agenda a group visit. 


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