Last September 18, 2014, the Lopez Museum and Library officially opened its newest exhibit, Articles of Disagreements. Curated by Lian Ladia and Sidd Perez, of the Planting Rice curatorial team, the show “highlights words and texts largely taking precedence over brush strokes,” as stated by the museum director, Cedie Lopez Vargas, as she opened the exhibition.
The exhibit features over a dozen artists, both classical and contemporary, including Ray Albano, Fernando Zobel, Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, among others. The exhibit takes inspiration from several major texts from the Lopez Library archives put together by a group of contemporary artists and curators.
Vargas said that the Lopez Museum and Library “[hopes] to inspire a renewed sense of appreciation for written texts that chronicle the past and of libraries and archives that have seemingly… lost their importance in this age of fast-paced technology.”
The purpose of this exhibit is made more tangible through the presence of the reading lab, a room situated just outside the gallery. The lab looks just like a coffee shop, with magazines lining the walls and a giant chalkboard available for anyone to draw on. According to Vargas, the reading lab “aims to elicit discussion and invite contribution and hopefully build up more material for our archives.”
The exhibit will run until December 20, 2014.