Apariciones/Apparitions

Aug. 17, 2019–Feb. 17, 2020 | Apariciones /Apparitions is a video by acclaimed Los Angeles artist Carolina Caycedo that reconceptualizes iconic Huntington spaces through Afro-Latinx and indigenous spiritual practices.
Artwork by Mario Ybarra Jr. (left) and artwork by Carolina Caycedo (right)

(Left) Mario Ybarra Jr., Go Big, 2018. Etching, ed. 10/10, 22 x 15 in. Photo courtesy of the artist; (Right) Still from the performance in the North Vista at The Huntington for "Apariciones/Apparitions," a video project by Carolina Caycedo. Choreographed by Marina Magalhães and shot by David de Rozas. Courtesy of the artist.

Performers sprawled on staircase

Still from the performance at the Huntington Art Gallery for "Apariciones/Apparitions," a video project by Carolina Caycedo. Choreographed by Marina Magalhães and shot by David de Rozas. Courtesy of the artist.

Performers in the portrait gallery

Still from the performance in the Huntington Art Gallery for "Apariciones/Apparitions," a video project by Carolina Caycedo. Choreographed by Marina Magalhães and shot by David de Rozas. Courtesy of the artist.

Etching by Mario Ybarra Jr.

Mario Ybarra Jr., Spray Paint, 2018. Aquatint etching, ed. 7/10, 15 x 11 in. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Engraving by Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), St. Jerome in his study, 1514. Engraving, 9 11/16 x 7 1/2 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Edward W. and Julia B. Bodman Collection.

16th-century Venetian ducali fragment

#22: The Duodo shield is held by the figure of Justice; beside her 2 women hold the shields of Bergamo and Udine, while Neptune supports that of Corfù, 16th-century Venetian ducali fragment. 12 3/4 x 10 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Visitors sitting in front of Carolina Caycedo video

Apariciones /Apparitions is a nine-and-a-half-minute video work by acclaimed Los Angeles artist Carolina Caycedo that reconceptualizes several iconic Huntington spaces through Afro-Latinx and indigenous spiritual practices. Choreographed by dance artist Marina Magalhães and shot by videographer David de Rozas, the piece is centered on brown, black, and queer bodies haunting The Huntington's iconic and traditional spaces—such as the great double staircase of the Huntington Art Gallery, the sweeping sculpture-lined North Vista lawn, and the rare book reading room in the Library building—in sensuous movements informed by the spiritual rituals of an Afro-Brazilian deity. In much of the powerful, captivating piece, the dancers look directly at the camera.

Apariciones /Apparitions debuted in 2018 at The Huntington as part of the institution's contemporary arts initiative called "/five," when The Huntington and the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) at East Los Angeles College invited Caycedo to create work in response to The Huntington's collections. The Huntington purchased the video jointly with VPAM, with the support of The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation.

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