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May 13 - July 16, 2022

Kukuli Velarde

CORPUS

May 13 - July 16, 2022

Kukuli Velarde

CORPUS

The Halsey Institute will debut Peruvian American artist Kukuli Velarde’s CORPUS project in its entirety for the first time. CORPUS is comprised of ceramic and fabric works that encourage reflection on the meaning of survival in the face of colonialism. Fifteen ceramic sculptures, each with matching tapestries, will be presented in a symbolic representation of the annual Corpus Christi festival in Cusco, Perú. The sculptures reference indigenous pre-Columbian forms and iconographies in a visual representation of syncretic aesthetic, cultural, and religious traditions. CORPUS engages with and confronts Perú’s Spanish colonial past, asserting that pre-Columbian sacred entities and the worldview they inhabit were not vanquished by Spanish conquerors, but instead cleverly blended with their Catholic counterparts, ensuring their survival. So too, have the diverse peoples of Perú and greater Latin America formed and reformed political, religious, and cultural identity in the shadow of centuries-long oppression. Velarde’s CORPUS asks viewers to consider this resilience via her stunningly detailed and humorously thought-provoking work.

 

Kukuli Velarde: CORPUS was organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston School of the Arts, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, and the Southwest School of Art at University of Texas at San Antonio. Kukuli Velarde: CORPUS is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and by donations from A Friend of the Arts, Lynn and Jeff Trenning, Karen A. Vournakis, Lynch Cracraft Wealth Management of Raymond James, Marissa Sams, Marshall Walker Real Estate, Anonymous, Bette Mueller-Roemer and Walter Crocker, Carolyn and William Matalene, Colin Johnson, Karen and David Thompson, Kathryn and Brian Rutenberg, Liz and Greg Lantz, Margaret P. Schachte and Hal S. Currey, Pamela and Stan Kaplan, Sunshine and Tyler Leinbach, Anne and Cisco H. Lindsey, and Adrienne Jacobsen and Joshua Bagwell.

Kukuli Velarde

CORPUS

May 13 - July 16, 2022
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Member Preview Day
Halsey Institute galleries
Thursday, May 12, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open to all membership levels. Email halseyRSVP@cofc.edu to reserve your space
Opening Reception
Halsey Institute galleries
Friday, May 13, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Artist Talk
Halsey Institute galleries
Saturday, May 14, 2:00 PM
Sit a Spell conversation series
Halsey Institute galleries
Wednesday, May 25, 12:00 PM
Membership Mornings with Counter Culture Coffee
Halsey Institute galleries
Friday, June 17, 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Open to all membership levels. Email halseyRSVP@cofc.edu to reserve your space
Curator-led tour for Members
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Thursday, July 14, 7:00 PM
Open to all membership levels. Email halseyRSVP@cofc.edu to reserve your space
Staff-led tours of the exhibition take place at 2:00 PM each Saturday unless superseded by a program.
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About the artist

Kukuli Velarde is a Peruvian American artist based in Philadelphia, PA. Velarde is a multi-talented artist, working in ceramic, painting, drawing, and installation. Much of her work draws on pre-Columbian traditional forms and iconographies, highlighting colonized and syncretic identities and aesthetic systems. Velarde received a BFA from Hunter College in New York City. She is the recipient of such awards as the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant (2012), and Joan Mitchell Foundation grant (1997). Her work can be found in the collections of Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima, Perú; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, among many others.

Kukuli Velarde’s website is KukuliVelarde.com

 

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