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UW Art Museum Reopens with The Disappeared/ Los Desaparecidos

March 4, 2009
Nicolas Guagnini's "30,000" is among works in "The Disappeared/Los Desaparecidos" on view March 6-May 9 at the University of Wyoming Art Museum (North Dakota Museum of Art)

The University of Wyoming Art Museum galleries, after being closed for over a year, will reopen Friday, March 6, with the international touring exhibition "The Disappeared/Los Desaparecidos." The exhibition will be on view through May 9.

Curated by Laurel Reuter, director and chief curator of the North Dakota Museum of Art, the exhibition presents the work of 26 Latin American artists who have incorporated their personal and cultural experiences of the "disappeared."The opening reception on March 6 at 6 p.m. launches many public programs for the exhibition, which include a gallery walk-through March 6 at 10:30 a.m. and an art talk with Reuter March 7 at 10 a.m.

Reuter writes in the exhibition catalog, "The word 'disappeared' was newly defined during the mid-20th century military dictatorships in Latin America. 'Disappear' evolved into a noun used to identify people who were kidnapped, tortured and killed by their own governments in the later decades of the 20th century in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela. Columbia with its 50-year civil war and Guatemala with its own 37-year civil war further expanded the meanings and uses of 'disappear.'"

"The Disappeared/Los Desaparecidos" comes to UW from the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C. In addition to other U.S. venues, it has been displayed in museums in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Guatemala and Columbia.

For additional information on the exhibition and the series of related public programs, call the UW Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit or the museum's blog,

"Imagine learning from the masters" is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum's programs. The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie. The museum is open Mondays from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.

Posted on Wednesday, March 04, 2009

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