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Cecilia Vicuña: PALABRArmas Opening Reception
Thursday, March 29
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
New York-based Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña has been working across a wide range of ephemeral media since her debut as a painter in the highly politicized context of early 1970s Chile. This exhibition will be the first to focus solely on her “Palabrarmas,” visual anagrams made in exile in London and Bogotá after the 1973 Pinochet-led coup that are reminiscent of the concrete poetry idiom so popular at the time. The titular neologism is a contraction of palabras (words) and armas (weapons), a nod to the militant slant infusing so much progressive Latin American art in the era of juntas. Vicuña’s “palabrarmas,” however, are also eruptions of color and sensuous pleasure—words to live by.