El Legado-The Legacy
Nov 12 - Dec 30, 1994
On Saturday, November 12, the Frumkin/Adams Gallery will open an exhibition of paintings from a new series by Arnaldo Roche-Rabell titled El Legado (The Legacy). This exhibition, which consists of seven thematically linked paintings completed within the last year at the artist's studio in Puerto Rio, will continue through December.
The title of the series refers to the long and complex relationship the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has had with the United States. For Roche, a native of Puerto Rico who received his B.A. and M.B.A. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the U.S. and Puerto Rico are inextricably linked, and in this series he takes a neutral position on the benefits as well as the drawbacks of the association. The painting Eye for an Eye for example is not about revenge but about the effect each culture has had on the other, for better or worse. Chicago: The Horse Is In refers to the large Hispanic population of that otherwise quintessentially American city, while The Bitter Cup of John X, in which a figure with Roche's head is seen struggling with a Marilyn Monroe-type blond, is about the Puerto Rican's fascination with - as well as fear of - American culture.
Roche-Rabell, whose previous exhibition at the Frumkin/Adams Gallery was held in May of 1993, was subject to a ten-year survey organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Moneterrey, Mexico in 1993. A monograph on his work is being planned for publication next spring, and he will have a one-man show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City next fall. Roche-Rabell is represented mainly in public collections, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Museo del Barrio, among others.
Arnaldo Roche-Rabell: El Legado opens with a reception for the artist on Saturday, November 12 and runs through December 30. The Frumkin/Adams Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 6, and on Saturday s from 10 to 5:30.