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David Medalla and Signals


David Medalla and Signals

July 9, 2020
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Course Description

Whitelegg’s research focuses on the international circulation of Latin American art and history of relationships between artists and critics within Latin America and between Latin America, Europe and the United States. In 2018, she curated Signals: If you like I shall grow (with kurimanzutto at Thomas Dane, London), the first exhibition to remount original works of the gallery’s three founding artists, David Medalla, Gustav Metzger, and Marcello Salvadori, among other artists from Latin America including Venezuela and Brazil.

Signals London operated between 1964-1966, which Whitelegg posits “at the very crux between post-war attitudes and the dawning of new aesthetic and geo-political perspectives.

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Isobel Whitelegg is an art historian, occasional curator, and the Director of Postgraduate Research at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. She specialised in the history of theory of Latin American Art at the University of Essex and has published widely on contexts for the circulation and reception of Latin American Art, including the Bienal de Sao Paulo, and Signals London. Her current research focuses on the relationship between institutional memory and contemporary art. Exhibition projects include Signals: If you like I shall grow (kurimanzutto at Thomas Dane, London, 2018) and a forthcoming retrospective of Cinthia Marcelle (MACBA, 2021). A trustee of the Biennial Foundation, and artist-led organisation Primary, she has previously occupied two positions that operated between academic and arts-institutional contexts: as LJMU Research Curator within the Tate Research Centre: Curatorial Practice & Museology and as Head of Nottingham Contemporary’s Public Programme. With support from British Council Philippines.


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