“A Trip from Here to There” Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

poster for “A Trip from Here to There” Exhibition

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Over the course of two years, from 2008 to 2010, the artist Mateo López traveled through his native Colombia, from Bogotá to Cali to Medellín. Crisscrossing vast expanses of territory via Vespa, López made drawings rendering the ordinary objects he encountered in precise detail. In a country stressed by constant conflict between government forces, revolutionary guerrillas, drug cartels, and paramilitary groups, traveling—and the drawing that served as his diary—were acts of both endurance and contemplation. Using López’s Viaje sin movimiento—an installation of his drawings from this journey—as a focal point, “A Trip from Here to There” explores practices and works generated by walking, wandering, and travel. As members of exploratory expeditions and surveys, painters and draftsmen have long played key roles in the plotting and investigation of place. Beginning in the second half of the 20th century, as artists increasingly emphasized the process by which an artwork is made, road trips and other journeys became both medium and subject. In some works, a walk or sojourn is precisely documented via maps and charts, dates and times, while in others, wandering’s inherent detours and deviations are exploited, resulting in collages of impressions or graphs of explored terrain. For some artists, drawing is both nomadic and solitary, while for others it is a way to engage with one’s environment and its inhabitants.

[Image: Mona Hatoum “Routes II” (2002) Colored ink and gouache on five maps, installation: 35 1/2 x 42 x 1 in. The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift. © 2013 Mona Hatoum]



from March 15, 2013 to July 30, 2013


Mateo López, Mona Hatoum et al.

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