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Ronny Quevedo

Installation view of El Dorado: Myths of Gold at Americas Society. Photo: Arturo Sánchez.

Ronny Quevedo is included in a group exhibition, El Dorado: Myths of Gold at Americas Society, New York. 

The Americas Society's press release follows: 

The two-part show, opening September 6, brings together more than 100 objects and artworks that explore the myth of El Dorado as a foundational narrative of the Americas.

Americas Society presents El Dorado: Myths of Gold, a new exhibition exploring the myth of El Dorado from the Pre-Hispanic period to the contemporary era. The show is co-curated by Aimé Iglesias Lukin, Director and Chief Curator, Art at Americas Society; Tie Jojima, Associate Curator, Manager of Exhibitions, Art at Americas Society and Edward Sullivan, the Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of Art History, New York University.

The exhibition includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, engravings, and videos that offer new interpretations and questions about the myth. Since the invasion of Europeans to the Americas, rumors spread quickly about a kingdom filled with gold, driving conquistadores to find it. Despite never being found, the mythical El Dorado defined the continent as an empty land up for grabs.

El Dorado: Myths of Gold brings together artworks and artists that engage with the myth to evaluate its continuity into the present, sometimes offering a critical view and a path of resistance. “Through their use of gold, both physical and metaphorical the artists in this exhibition emphasize to us the ambivalent power of myth in conditioning who we are as a region, opening space for us to resist extractive systems and to reconsider what we are seeking,” writes the exhibition curatorial team.

Organized in collaboration with Fundación PROA in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Museo Amparo in Puebla (Mexico), the exhibition will take place in two parts: part I from September through December 2023 and part II from January through May 2024.

El Dorado: Myths of Gold will be accompanied by the publication of a catalogue and a reader featuring texts about El Dorado by leading scholars. Americas Society will also present a series of public programs, including an academic symposium, in conjunction with the exhibition.