El Museo del Barrio is pleased to present Methuselah, a digital artwork conceived by the Cuban-
Methuselah launches to the public on September 22 at 7pm EST, coinciding with the Fall equinox and the start of the monarch’ migration. Beginning on this date, viewers can observe the virtual avatar 24 hours a day, as it makes its way south across changing terrain, weather patterns, and other variable physical conditions. To celebrate, Novo will join curator Olga Viso in an online conversation and project demonstration moderated by El Museo organizing curator Susanna V. Temkin. Virtual event; free and open to the public.
Opening October 27 at El Museo del Barrio in conjunction with Juan Francisco Elso: Por América, Methuselah will be presented as an in-
In tracing the monarch’ flight across the Americas, Methusaleh addresses larger contemporary issues related to migration, climate change, and the necessity of transnational cooperation, as expressed in the life of a singular specimen. Calling attention to the false security of borders, the artwork offers a critical metaphor for twenty-
A community of art museums, research centers, and cultural institutions in North America have joined in partnership to support Methuselah and bring greater awareness to the inspiring life cycle of monarch butterflies. These more than 20 international cultural organizations (and growing) include Americas Society, New York; ASU Art Museum, Arizona; ASU Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center, Arizona; Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada; Ballroom Marfa, Texas; Desert Botanical Garden, Arizona; High Museum of Art, Georgia; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; International Center for the Arts of the Americas / Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Tennessee; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada; Museo Jumex, Mexico; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, MUAC, UNAM, Mexico; Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Florida; The Nelson-
About Reynier Leyva Novo
Reynier Leyva Novo (b. 1983, Havana, Cuba, and based in Houston, Texas) is one of Cuba’ leading conceptual artists. Novo’ practice challenges ideology and symbols of power, questioning an individual’ ability to affect change. His multidisciplinary practice includes mining historical data and official documents, the content of which he transforms into formally minimalist and conceptually charged sculptures and multimedia installations.
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