The Council’s Global Forum will experience an extraordinary journey into expressive art on Tuesday, March 1, as members attend a Nasher Sculpture Center reception and a special tour featuring the Doris Salcedo installation Plegaria Muda, loosely translated as “Silent Prayer.”
In December, Ms. Salcedo, currently living and working in Bogota, Colombia, was announced as the first recipient of the Nasher Prize, created by the Center to recognize “a living artist who has contributed significantly to advancements in the field of sculpture.” (She’ll receive the prize in April.)
Plegaria Muda represents the theme of the artist’s work, known for its “innovative transformation of everyday objects into powerful testimonies of loss and remembrance.” Her work is not limited to museum appearances, but also includes large-scale public installations. Critics say she has successfully “pushed the artistic boundaries of sculpture through deep connections between object-making and potent social action.”
According to the artist, Plegaria Muda was inspired by her research into Los Angeles’ gang violence and her discovery that victims and perpetrators often shared socioeconomic circumstances that lead to violence. The artist explained that inspiration for “Silent Prayers” also came from joining Colombian mothers as they visited mass graves while searching for their missing sons.
The evening will begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception followed by opening remarks from Nasher Sculpture Center Director Jeremy Strick and a private tour led by Associate Curator Catherine Craft.
The Bogota-born sculptor, whose work became popular in the 1990s, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano in 1980 and, in 1984, a Masters of Fine Arts at New York University. Returning to Bogota, she served as director of the Instituto de Bellas Artes and taught sculpture and art theory at Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
Director Strick describes Salcedo’s work as “both aesthetically striking and politically resonant.’’
Learn more about Doris Salcedo and the Nasher Prize.
Image credit: Doris Salcedo, Plegaria Muda, 2008-10. Wood, mineral compound, metal and glass. Installation: Museo nazionale delle arte delle XXI secolo (MAXXI), Rome, March 15-June 24, 2012. Photo: Patrizia Tocci. © Doris Salcedo