Henry Bermudez in Philadelphia Exhibition Woodmere Art Museum

Thursday, 15 February 2024

The Woodmere Art Museum will present an exhibition of the work of Philadelphia-based, Venezuela-born artist Henry Bermudez. The exhibition will be the most extensive exploration to date of Bermudez’s art, including approximately 40 works and chronicling the artist’s experience since arriving in Philadelphia as an immigrant and seeker of political asylum in 2003. The exhibition runs from 02/17/2004 through 05/19/2024.

Henry Bermudez in Philadelphia

02/17/2024-05/19/2024

About the Exhibition

Woodmere will present an exhibition of the work of Philadelphia-based, Venezuela-born artist Henry Bermudez. The exhibition will be the most extensive exploration to date of Bermudez’s art, including approximately 40 works and chronicling the artist’s experience since arriving in Philadelphia as an immigrant and seeker of political asylum in 2003.

As a young artist in Venezuela, Bermudez built a successful international career. While still in his thirties, he represented Venezuela at the XVII Venice Biennale (1986). In 2003, however, Bermudez learned while traveling in the United States that the political regime in Venezuela had determined that his art expressed ideas that threatened authoritarian cultural objectives. With a friend in Philadelphia who was able to give him temporary shelter, he began his journey as an immigrant, coming to terms with a dramatic twist of fate and the need to build a new life and career in the US. Since that time, his work has continuously evolved. Connections to the mythological subjects and visual strategies of his Venezuela-based work remain, but his art today also reflects the rupture of displacement and the culture of Philadelphia.

Although he began his career as a painter, Bermudez now experiments across a variety of media. He incorporates painting with cut paper in large-scale works that display a density of intertwined, three-dimensional forms, rainbow-like color, patterning, and sparkling textures. While his compendium of aesthetics continues to evoke ancient Latin American mythologies and a hybrid of symbols and religious lore from pre-Hispanic, Judeo-Christian, and Afro-Caribbean influences, Bermudez also grapples with US cultural norms and patriotism and the bewilderment that comes from a bifurcated personal journey.

The exhibition is guest curated by Gaby Heit.

Exhibition Events

Opening Reception

Thursday, February 22 | 5:30 pm

FREE

 

Please join us for an opening reception celebrating Henry Bermudez in Philadelphia on Thursday, February 22nd from 5:30-7:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Conversation with artist Henry Bermudez, Gaby Heit, guest curator, and Jorge Luis Guttierrez, artistic director, CEO, Contemporary Art Lab

Saturday, March 2 | 1 pm

$10 (FREE for Woodmere Members)

 

Join us for a conversation with Henry Bermudez. Gaby Heit, guest curator of Henry Bermudez in Philadelphia and Jorge Luis Gutierrez, artistic director of Contemporary Art Lab, will have a discussion with Henry about his artistic journey from Venezuela to Philadelphia, his home since 2003. 

 

Gaby Heit is an art/photo director, graphic designer, and creative consultant with a master’s degree from Pratt Institute. Also a four-time gallery director and independent curator, Gaby has represented artists from Philadelphia and New York, and has produced numerous exhibitions that celebrate connections between fine art and design. Some include shows for Le Méridien Hotel, Main Line Health, AIGA, DesignPhiladelphia, Philly Tech Week, the University City Science Center, and more. Gaby regularly consults with all kinds of creatives on presentation, organization, and self-promotion.

 

Jorge Luis Guttierrez is a visual arts manager, museologist, curator, and currently the Artistic Director of the Contemporary Art Lab, an arts incubator and think tank in Philadelphia. He has guided exhibitions engaging a range of curators, scholars, critics, and diverse audiences, and displayed a broad historical, cultural, and aesthetic breadth of arts from the Americas and abroad. 

Children’s Workshop: Let’s Paint A Landscape Together, with Henry Bermudez 

Ages 5 and up

Saturday, April 6 | 11 am-12:30 pm 

$5/child (FREE, family members) 

(in Woodmere’s studio) 

 

Gallery Talk with Henry Bermudez 

Saturday, April 13 | 2 pm 

$10 (FREE, members) 

 

The link for additional information and event registration for the exhibition is: https://woodmereartmuseum.org/experience/exhibitions/henry-bermudez-in-philadelphia.  To register for the free opening reception, please visit: https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/woodmereartmuseum/6096/event/1369605

 

    

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