Join us to celebrate the opening of Miguel Antonio Horn’s exhibition, Dissonance. Recalling Venezuela’s “Cacerolazos” in which protesters strike empty pots and pans to denounce food shortages and the economic and political crisis the country faces, Miguel Antonio Horn’s Dissonance channels public outcry in the face of an increasingly bleak reality. Horn’s new work at Taller Puertorriqueño probes the boundaries of power and powerlessness and asks how protest can bring about meaningful social change.
Miguel Antonio Horn is a sculptor from Philadelphia with Colombian and Venezuelan roots. He received a certificate in 2006 from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and apprenticed for five years with Mexican artist Javier Marin. His large-format sculptures have been exhibited in the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Tamaulipas, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, University of the Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and as part of the Vancouver Biennale. His work is installed publicly in the Philadelphia region, Canada, and Mexico. He has received grants for workshops and artworks locally and internationally. He maintains a studio at the West Philadelphia artist-run workspace, Traction Company, where he organizes exhibitions and contributes to outreach and development.
On October 28th, connecting to Dissonance, our upcoming exhibition of new work by sculptor Miguel Antonio Horn, Taller presents Passion & Protest: Songs of Resistance with Diana Sáez and friends, a performance of songs of protest from Spain and the Americas. Through their political commitment and powerful lyricism, artists such as Rafael Hernández, Violeta Parra, Victor Jara, Caetano Veloso, and Joan Manuel Serrat created songs that are emblematic of struggles for freedom and social justice–both past and present. Performers Diana Sáez and Friends (Pável Urkiza, Suzzette Ortiz, and Christian Noguera) offer stirring contemporary renditions of these timeless classics.
This performance is part of Taller’s Diálogo Series, whose goal is to deepen our understanding of broader social issues of struggle, community, economic upheaval, and identity. Funding for Diálogo has been provided by a generous grant from PNC Arts Alive, a multi-year initiative of the PNC Foundation dedicated to supporting visual and performing arts groups with the goal of increasing arts access and engagement in new and innovative ways.