Institut Ramon Llull/ Newsletter # 73

MAY 2017 / NY, USA

New York

Visual Arts.  New York,  01/05/2017

Lluis Lleó’s outdoor paintings come to the Park Avenue malls

A series of five front-and-back outdoor paintings on sandstone slabs from Catalonia by Barcelona-born, New York-based artist Lluís Lleó will land on Park Avenue on May 1, 2017. Morpho’s Nest in the Cadmium House, a site-specific installation, will parade along the Park Avenue Malls from 52nd to 56th Streets. The 13-foot, 7,000-pound paintings are part of NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program and are presented in conjunction with the Sculpture Committee of the Fund for Park Avenue.

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Cinema.  Toronto,  01/05/2017

LA CHANA, North American premiere at HOT DOCS 2017 in Toronto

LA CHANA, directed by Lucija Stojevic, is a documentary about Antonia Santiago Amador, one of the greatest stars in the flamenco world as she returns to the stage after a 23-year break. Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary festival, based in Toronto, Canada, will show LA CHANA within the Singular Sensation(s) program.  This is the section of the festival that tackles the cultural impact of extraordinary individuals.  

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Thought.  New York,  02/05/2017

Last panel: Victims of Franquismo: a reparation that never comes, by Montse Armengou

This series weighs the effects of violent repression during forty years of Franco’s dictatorship, even as we assess the persistence of official silence and a crisis of national memory through the last forty years of Spanish democracy. This series of conversations consider how instruments of remembering and reparation have emerged beyond state sectors, and in the absence of government policies, opening important breaches of recovery and reclamation for victims and their descendants.

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Visual Arts.  New York,  05/05/2017

Antoni Muntadas: Projects / Proposals at the Kent Fine Art gallery in New York

This exhibition, Muntadas’ sixth with the gallery since 1990, will begin with early documents originally proposed in the 70s to be made into heliographs (an early blueprint medium), these 18 Projects/Proposals (1971-1980) mapped his intentions for installations, videos and performance works.  Never realized due to the instability of the medium, they have recently been recovered and now presented in the form of screen prints as originally intended.  From these very early years, Muntadas has continued to develop an extended series of installations investigating means of contextualization and interpretation.

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Cinema.  Los Angeles, New York,  18/05/2017

L.A. OLA - Spanish Contemporary Cinema Showcase features LES AMIGUES DE L’ÀGATA

LES AMIGUES DE L’ÀGATA, a four-hander final degree project, has been making friends on the Spanish indie circuit. AGATA’S FRIENDS is a conversation-based Catalan-language work of great promise which traces in claustrophobically intimate detail and with much subtlety the changing dynamics of the relationships between four girlfriends on the frontier between adolescence and adulthood. 

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Language.  Bloomington University, IN,  18/05/2017

16th Colloquium of the North American Catalan Society

The 16th Colloquium of the North American Catalan Society will take place at Indiana University, Bloomington, May 18-20, 2017. The North American Catalan Society (NACS) is a professional association of scholars, students, and people with a general interest in any aspect of Catalan culture (literature, linguistics, visual and performing arts, history, and philosophy, among other disciplines).

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Visual Arts.  New York,  18/04/2017

Calder / Miró: Constellations

Pace Gallery and Acquavella Galleries are pleased to announce "Calder / Miró: Constellations," featuring the Constellations series of Alexander Calder and Joan Miró, respectively. The distinct yet complementary presentations illuminate the startling affinities between the two artists, who at the time the series were created, were separated by the Atlantic during World War II and unable to communicate. 

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Music.  USA,  01/04/2017

Bassist Alexis Cuadrado’s upcoming concerts

A bassist with a solid reputation, an award-winning composer and bandleader, and a renowned educator; Barcelona-born Alexis Cuadrado has become one of the most sought-after musicians in the New York jazz scene. Cuadrado's compositions show a unique voice that combines improvised and through-composed music, while drawing influences from jazz, new music and flamenco.

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University of Chicago,  01/04/2017

Núria Perpinyà, Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago

Núria Perpinyà is a Catalan novelist, a playwright and an essayist who works as a professor at the University of Lleida in Catalonia, Spain. Her novels deal with unusual topics and are characterized by their intellectual irony, formal rigor and experimentalism. In her books, she defends the philosophy of Perspectivism and reflects on the fact that the phenomena have multiple interpretations. She has been invited as a Visiting Professor at the Joan Coromines Chair at the University of Chicago during the Spring semester 2017.

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Jaume Subirana, Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Chicago

Each year some 800 faculty and professionals from around the world receive Fulbright Scholar grants for advanced research and university lecturing in the United States. Individual grants are available to scholars from over 155 countries. Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements apply for grants through the Fulbright commission/foundation or public affairs section of the U.S. embassy in their home countries.

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