De La Torre Brothers: Rococolab debuts at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum on January 17.
De la Torre Brothers, Mezcalera al Cielo (detail), 2010, Huarache soles, sand cast glass, carved gourds, mixed media, 36 x 28 x 5 in., Image courtesy of the artists and Traver Gallery
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum announces the opening of De La Torre Brothers: Rococolab, on view from January 17 to May 12, 2019. Rococolab features a selection of works that bring together art historical imagery, religious symbolism, and pop culture in unexpected dialogue. This grouping of intricate images and objects articulates social commentary through humor and unlikely juxtapositions.
Collaborating artists and brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre—born in Guadalajara, Mexico—live and work in Ensenada, Mexico, and San Diego. Their dynamic, complex, and Baroque-inspired sculptures and lenticulars are a product of a bicultural existence, reflecting their collaborative and hybrid approach to art making. Both artists studied glass formally and owned and operated a flame-worked glass figure business from 1981 to 1997.
De La Torre Brothers, Quinceañera Milenial, 2012, Lenticular print with mixed media, Image courtesy of the artists and Traver Gallery
Rococolab is the brothers’ first solo museum exhibition in Florida. Organized by Cornell Fine Arts Museum curator Gisela Carbonell, the presentation of their work in the context of our teaching mission invites a nuanced reading of each object and a consideration of some of the most pressing issues in contemporary culture.
“This exhibition offers a fresh perspective on historical events,” says Carbonell. “The De La Torre brothers excel at making palpable the connections between the past and present. Their masterful handling of various techniques allows them to address issues in a visual language to which contemporary viewers can relate.”
The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated booklet available in the museum store, which includes an introduction and an interview with the De La Torre brothers. The booklet and all didactic material in the exhibition is available in English and Spanish.
Thursday, January 17 | 6 p.m.
Artists’ Talk: Einar De La Torre and Jamex De La Torre
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Friday, March 22 | 11 a.m.
Exhibition Tour: Rococolab
Curator, Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Friday, April 26 | 11 a.m.
Lecture: Reflections on Light: Glassworks from the Collection
Dale Montgomery Fellow, Cornell Fine Arts Museum
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