Past Exhibitions

January 25 - April 10, 2015

Now Showing: Belleza y Felicidad

Image courtesy Fernanda Laguna and Cecilia Pavón.

 

SculptureCenter was pleased to present Now Showing: Belleza y Felicidad, a mini-retrospective of poetry booklets by the Buenos Aires-based literature and art collective Belleza y Felicidad. Now Showing is a program that highlights a single artwork or project in areas throughout SculptureCenter's building and is an exploratory and flexible mode for presenting artworks and projects to our audiences.

Spearheaded by two friends, the poet and artist Fernanda Laguna and poet and translator Cecilia Pavón, Belleza y Felicidad brings together writers and artists of differing generations and statures to collaborate on small books, events, and other happenings, energizing the Buenos Aires art and literature scene. From 1999–2007, Belleza y Felicidad operated from a storefront gallery and art supply store. Although no longer tied to a physical location, Belleza y Felicidad continues to produce books under their imprint. Published texts include poems by Laguna, Pavón, César Aira, Gabriela Bejerman, Roberto Jacoby, Fabián Casas, and many others. Select copies were available for sale.

Additionally, the independent Key West-based publisher Sand Paper Press released a publication in February 2015, spanning the last fifteen years of Laguna and Pavón's literary works and collaborations. Belleza y Felicidad: Selected Writings of Fernanda Laguna and Cecilia Pavón includes an introduction by translator Stuart Krimko, noted for his work on Héctor Viel Temperley and other Argentine writers. This authoritative volume transmits the urgency and passionate feeling at the heart of one of the most exciting artistic and literary movements to emerge from South America in recent decades. This book was also available for purchase in SculptureCenter's bookstore.

Installation view, Now Showing: Belleza y Felicidad , SculptureCenter, 2015. Photo: Jason Mandella