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A dialogue between the drawings, chandelier, and carpet.

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Jorge Pardo at MOAD

An exploration of the immigrant experience through art

Jorge Pardo, recognized for his elaborate installations, explores the immigrant experience in Mongrel, the site-specific installation currently on view at the Museum of Art and Design (MOAD).

In Mongrel, an exploration of the hyphenated idiosyncrasies of exiles, Pardo relives and shares memories from the time he left his native Cuba as a child and, along with thousands of his compatriots, was welcomed at the historic Freedom Tower, which now houses MOAD. Here we find a space of reflection accomplished by recreating an interior that conveys the sense of exile, loss, of fragmentation. Still, in the colors and textures, we also find light and the possibility of fulfillment.

The Museum’s largest gallery is transformed into interior domestic spaces that resonate with familiarity. Twenty-five drawings explicitly created for this installation hang on this living area's walls. Pardo manipulates personal images into near abstractions through computer, resizing, superimposing, colorizing, thus conveying mood and emotion rather than specific memories. The drawings printed on Guarro paper, dialogue with the chandeliers –made from splicing together elements from other light fixtures–and the carpet, both expressly made for this exhibit. Modernist chairs are inspired in the butaques, a classic Latin American furniture familiar to Cuba and Mexico, where the artist lives, thus closing the circle from remembrances to actuality.

Mongrel, at the Museum of Art and Design, through May 1, 2022

  • Chandelier created by splicing together components of other light fixtures.
  • A dialogue between the drawings, chandelier, and carpet.
  • The boutaque connect to Cuba and Mexico.
  • A perspective of all the elements in Mongrel.
  • Details of the installation.