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Past Exhibitions

Rimer Cardillo:
Journadas de la memoria

September 17, 2011 - November 27, 2011

Sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts

New York State Council on the Arts

Rimer Cardillo: Journadas de la memoria is on view from September 17 to November 27. The exhibition is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Rimer Cardillo is a prominent Uruguayan American artist who lives and works in New York City and the Hudson River Valley. Cardillo has developed a significant body of work that includes prints, photography, sculpture and installations. He creates major site-specific pieces that he refers to as cupí (from the native Guarani word for anthill), as well as photo and film-based documentary work related to his collaborations with scholars and practitioners in the fields of entomology and archaeology. He is also noted for his journalistic explorations of the Amazonian interior, rural estancias of northern Uruguay and southern Paraguay, and other remote regions of the South American continent.

Cardillo draws influences from the landscape and environment of both his native Uruguay and of the Hudson Valley area. His work often reflects his concern over the demise of native people, plants, and animals around the world.

Rimer Cardillo: Journadas del la memoria will be highlighted by a full-gallery cupi installation called Birds of Clay, Oil, and Ashes Cupí. This sculpted installation measures 6' 7" high by 9' 10" wide, and is made of embossed handmade paper woven between threads, and multiple hand-painted photo-screens printed with oil, clay, and ashes on paper. Other works in the exhibition feature images cimarrones and criollos (wild dogs and native horses of Uruguay) on digital photographs.

Writing about Cardillo for a retrospective at The Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY-New Paltz, Nassau County Museum of Art Director Dr. Karl E. Willers said: "As an artist of Uruguayan descent living in the United States since the late 1970s, Rimer Cardillo has explored disparate cultures and negotiated socio-political differences through an artistic practice rooted in printmaking but spanning a range of creative media." Dr. Willers observed that Cardillo's work "cannot be separated from his social commitment to the preservation of indigenous cultures, the protection of endangered species, and the preservation of vulnerable environments."

Similarly, Marysol Nieves, senior curator at The Bronx Museum of the Arts at the time that museum presented a ten-year Cardillo survey, sees the artist's work as existing "at the intersection of identity, culture, history, and nature," in an investigation of "the relationship between ancestral and contemporary histories." Nature in Cardillo's work, said Nieves, "is both a reflection of the past and the hope for the future."

Rimer Cardillo was born in 1944 in Montevideo, Uruguay. He received his M.F.A at the National School of Fine Arts (Montevideo), and later studied in Germany at the Weissenssee School of Art and Architecture (Berlin) and the Leipzig School of Graphic Arts. Cardillo is a Guggenheim Fellowship award winner who represented Uruguay at the 2001 Venice Biennial and has had many group and solo exhibitions throughout the Americas as well as in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Cardillo's work is included in the collections of such prestigious institutions as the Art Institute of Chicago, Cincinnati Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art and The New York Public Library, among many other museums in South American and European cities. Cardillo is a professor of art at SUNY-New Paltz. He lives and works in New Paltz, New York City and Montevideo.

Cardillo will present a program at the museum on Saturday, October 15 at 3 p.m. Conversation with the Artist, Rimer Cardillo, and Director Karl E. Willers is free with museum admission. For details, visit the EVENTS section of our website.

Rimer Cardillo: Cicada, Dog-Day Announcer   Rimer Cardillo: Dog Knocker
Rimer Cardillo
Cicada, Dog-Day Announcer
(Chicharra del medio día)
from the series
Sublime Orfebreria
(Sublime Jewelry),
Mixed Media Print
Collection of the Artist
  Rimer Cardillo
Door Knocker
from the series,
Baroque Suite, 1980-81
Mixed media print including
zinc plate, etching, photo-etching,
engraving, aquatint, drypoint, mezzotint,
and roulette on paper
29 X 48 inches
Courtesy of the Artist