Blanton's Pérez-Barreiro to Be Chief Curator at Mercosul Biennial
Posted: September 15, 2006
Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Curator of Latin American Art at the Jack S. Blanton Museum at the University of Texas at Austin, will be chief curator of the Sixth Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
The British-raised Spaniard is the first non-Brazilian to head the biennial exhibit, which in years past has attracted more than 1 million visitors. He will be organizing four exhibits as part of an event that will run from September to December 2007. Perez-Barreiro will keep his position at the Blanton, but will spend more time in the southern Brazilian city while working on the Mercosul project.
He was born in Spain and educated in England, where he received a Ph.D. in art history and theory from the University of Essex in 1996. Since 2002 he has served as Curator of Latin American Art at the Blanton, where he recently curated Lo feo de este mundo: Images of the Grotesque. Previously, he served as Director of Visual Arts at the Americas Society in New York City, and while there organized projects with Iran do Espirito Santo, Rivane Neuenschwander, Lygia Pape, Geraldo de Barros, and others. Prior to his appointment in New York, Perez-Barreiro worked at the Casa de América in Madrid, Spain.
Read an interview on Pérez-Barreiro's plans as curator in Fundação Iberê Camargo.