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JARBAS LOPES: Cicloviaérea

Under the new museum initiative: Global Arizona
Social Studies: Artist Community Residencies

Arizona State University Art Museum
September 7 through December 30, 2007

Artist in Residence
September 7 through October 12, 2007

Cicloviaérea in the Amazon (detail), 2006.  Courtesy of the artist and A. Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro.

Tuesday, October 30, 6pm
Freedom, Fear and Creativity
When expectations are removed and new freedom
is welcomed, how do we respond?

Tuesday, November 20, 6pm
Communities Engaging/ Unlikely Places
Can a Museum be a place for active participation
in the creative process ?

Tuesday, December 4, 6pm
What happened here, and now what?
Reflecting on the experience and moving forward.

Tuesday, December 4, following dialogue
Stay to celebrate the project one more time with
Night Moves, a collaboration of ASU Dance and
Broadmor Elementary School dancers.

Gallery Talk
Friday, September 14, noon to 1 p.m. 

Gallery talk with Jarbas Lopes, Marcio Botner, Marilyn Zeitlin
and John Spiak.  Marcio Botner is an artist, teacher, and director
of A Gentil Carioca, an artist-run gallery and experimental art space
in Rio de Janeiro.  Marilyn Zeitlin and John Spiak are co-curators of
the project for the ASU Art Museum. 

Reception introducing Jarbas Lopes
Friday, September 14, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

*dual reception with Business As Usual: Video from China

End of residency party with Jarbas Lopes:
Friday, October 12, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
*sponsored by LatinoFuture Magazine

Exhibition continues:
October 13 through December 30, 2007

- Bike Saviours Cooperative repair shop in a gallery turned studio-workshop
- Opportunities to meet, talk with and work with the artist as he
explores and redefines the bicycle as an object of aesthetic beauty,
a solution to ecological challenges, and a source of enjoyment. 

JARBAS LOPES: Cicloviaérea
On September 7, Brazilian artist Jarbas Lopes kicks off the Social Studies residency program at the Museum making his work---in the Museum.  He invites you--- artists, students, children, bicycle enthusiasts and anyone else interested in learning about his creative process--- to join him.  Jarbas Lopes of Rio de Janeiro will work in one Museum gallery space converted into a workshop-studio, using the space as a laboratory for creativity and community.  Museum visitors engage the process to explore his utopia of alternative transportation.  Using bicycles, sculpture, drawing, installation, video and performance, Lopes builds the work within the gallery and then takes it into our city.

Lopes’s project Cicloviaérea proposes the bicycle as an alternative for transportation, as a source of enjoyment, and as an object that balances function with aesthetic beauty.  His project is the first in the series Social Studies, a program of international artist residencies under the Museum’s new Global Arizona initiative.  The focus of these projects is to explore the often unseen creative process that underlies what visitors see in an exhibition of finished works of art.  It offers an open environment within which community can participate in the art-making process.  Tools, equipment, art supplies and the artist will be in the space when the residency begins, with the interactions and relationships developed during the course of the residency guiding the work forward.  In the case of Jarbas Lopes, that could mean repairing your bicycle or embellishing it; drawing, painting, making video, music, writing poetry or other unforeseen creative production that will occur.

About the Artist
Jarbas Lopes is an artist who lives in a small town north of Rio de Janeiro.  He works in the tradition of such artist-activists as Joseph Beuys, whose notion of “social sculpture” views art as a means through which people can shape their society and views social interaction as an art form as well.  Jarbas uses whatever art medium and materials suit his purposes including sculpture and drawing.  His informal drawings are often made collaboratively, frequently with his own children as co-authors.  He uses performance, video, music, and poetry, all of which will be welcomed in this project.

His work has been exhibited at the following venues: 2007: Novas Utopias - Jarbas Lopes, Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães - MAMAM, Recife; Cómo vivir juntos, MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Cile. 2006: 27° Bienal de São Paulo, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo. 2005: Rampa - Signaling New Latin American Art Initiatives, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ; Colecoes VI - 17 Foros - 18 Artistas, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo. 2004: Instinctive, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY; Unbound, Parasol unit, Londra (Inghilterra);  Gambiarra - New Art from Brazil, Firstsite, Colchester (Inghilterra). 2003: 8. Bienal de La HabanaLa Bienal de La Habana, Habana; Gambiarra, Gasworks, Londra (Inghilterra). 2002: Off the Grid; Works on Paper, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY.

ASU Art Museum Presentation
The exhibition is co-curated by Marilyn Zeitlin and John Spiak of ASU Art Museum in collaboration with Marcio Botner, director of A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro. 

JARBAS LOPES: Cicloviaérea  (September 7 through December 30, 2007) is open at the ASU Art Museum: Tuesday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Monday.

This project is made possible through a partnership with the Institute for Arts, Media and Culture at ASU.  Additional support provided by Sharon Figarelli/Latin American Art Gallery, Scottsdale; Lori and Howard Hirsch; The Maurice R. and Meta G. Gross Foundation; Phyllis and Stuart Steckler; and Friends of the ASU Art Museum.  Bicycle repair shop sponsored by Bike Saviours Cooperative, Inc, Tempe. Bicycle and parts generously donated by City of Tempe’s Tempe in Motion; Bike Barn, Phoenix; and Desert Industries, Mesa.

End of residency party with Jarbas Lopes sponsored by LatinoFuture Magazine