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Daniel Lind-Ramos:
El Viejo Griot — Una historia de todos nosotros

April 20 - September 4, 2023


MoMA PS1 presents the largest museum exhibition to date of the work of Daniel Lind-Ramos (b. 1953, Loíza, Puerto Rico). The presentation showcases more than 10 large-scale works that weave together the artist’s multi-layered practice, including many new or never previously seen works. Lind-Ramos uses found and gifted objects of personal, communal, and regional significance—such as debris, decorative objects, and everyday tools—to produce meticulously detailed assemblages that explore the traditions and histories of Afro-descendant communities in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and around the world. Featuring works that reveal the fast-disappearing local traditions of agriculture, fishing, cooking, and carnival alongside the landmark sculptures that examine the repercussions of Hurricane Maria in 2017, the exhibition will culminate with several large-scale works made within the last year that address the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on local communities.

Daniel Lind-Ramos: El Viejo Griot — Una historia de todos nosotros is co-organized by Kate Fowle, guest curator, and Ruba Katrib, Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, MoMA PS1, with Elena Ketelsen González, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1.

The exhibition is made possible with major support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Generous support is provided by the Luis A. Ferré Foundation.


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Figura Emisaria. 2020. Steel, palm tree branches, dried coconuts, branches, palm tree trunks, wood panels, burlap, concrete blocks, glass, aluminum, fabric, lights, 108 × 60 × 47 in. (274.3 × 152.4 × 119.4 cm.) Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

María Guabancex. 2018–2022. Assemblage. 110 × 84 × 148″ (279.4 × 213.4 × 375.9 cm) Photo: Ryan Gamma Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in part through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center, and the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Baño de María. 2018-2022. Assemblage. 127 x 120 x 48 inches (320 x 243.8 x 121.9 centimeters) Photo: Ryan Gamma

Armario de la Memoria. 2012. Assemblage. 108 × 65 × 36 inches (274.3 × 165.1 × 91.4 centimeters). Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Daniel Lind-Ramos with Armario de la Memoria. 2012. Pick, shovel, machetes, steel, palm tree trunks, dried coconuts, TV monitor, palm tree branches, DVD player, wood panel, and fabric. 108 × 65 × 36 inches (274.3 × 165.1 × 91.4 cm.). Photo: Raquel Perez-Puig