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NMOA: Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision: February 17, 2022 – May 8, 2022
February 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until May 6, 2022
Special Exhibition Gallery
Thursday through Sunday, 10am–11am — Members and Member Guests only
Thursday through Sunday, 11am–5pm — All Visitors
Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision presents the first major museum retrospective dedicated to the work of a Filipino American artist, celebrating the groundbreaking career of Carlos Villa (1936-2013). His paintings, drawings, sculptures, self-portraits, and performance art are filled with imagery inspired by his study of non-Western art and culture, including ethnographic objects he observed in museum collections. In his mixed media works from the late 1960s onward, Villa created feathered assemblages on unstretched canvas, evoking shamanic capes, the robes of Hawaiian nobility, and the Catholic vestments of his altar-boy youth. In later works he created body prints and body castings to center his own brown body in contemporary art. Showcasing thirty-six works created between 1959 and 2011, Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision introduces a remarkable contemporary artist to new audiences, illuminating the social and cultural roots, as well as the global importance, of Villa’s art.
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