Double Vision/Falling Eyelids: a lecture and book launching with ADÁL and Luis Gutiérrez

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Falling Eyelids, 1979 Photography 7x7" © ADÁL
Double Vision/Falling Eyelids: a lecture and book launching with ADÁL and Luis Gutiérrez
Curated by: Arlette de la Serna

Museo de Arte de Ponce
2325 Ave. Las Américas
PR 00717-0776 Ponce
Puerto Rico
February 8th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Puerto Rico
(787) 848-0505
Wednesday to monday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Lecture photography video-art conceptual
Free of charge


As part of the educational programming for the exhibition, The Body in Question currently at Museo de Arte de Ponce, ADÁL, author of the photography series Falling Eyelids, and the architect Luis Gutierrez, owner of one of the most prominent collections of Latin American photography in Puerto Rico will talk about this discipline from two points of view in a conference entitled, Double Vision. The conversation will be from the point of view of the artist and the collector. Maria Arlette la Serna, Assistant Curator and curator of the exhibition will be the moderator.

ADÁL's latest book, Falling Eyelids, self-published under Sir Real Books to accompany the exhibition on view at the Museo de Arte de Ponce, will also be launched, and signed copies will be available during the evening.

The almost one hundred photographs that make up Falling Eyelids tell a sophisticated, funny and slightly absurd story. ADÁL uses the concept and format of the fotonovela—which is, as its name implies, a novel, or story, told in photographs—and transforms it to construct a fiction in a Surrealist fashion. "Falling Eyelids", ADÁL says, “is the story of a photographer unsatisfied with the reality outside his window, so he starts creating his own reality, until finally he can’t distinguish between both worlds, and the day finally comes when he wakes up in the reality he’s created.”

ADÁL will offer a Power Point presentation and video covering his career as an artist from 1973 to 2012. Adál Maldonado, known as ADÁL, is one of the most innovative and celebrated artists working today. As many other artists of his generation, most notably Cindy Sherman,  Lucas Samaras and Robert Mapplethorpe, and due to his complex view of double identity ADÁL has systematically explored identity issues to their ultimare consequences. By exposing the absurdity behind the search for ultimate reference to selfhood in art, ADÁL challanges the notion of literalness by stretching it to its limits.

ADÁL founded Foto Gallery in Soho, New York with Alex Coleman in 1975 and has exhibited and is in the permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art, NY, San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA; El Museo del Barrio, NY; Musee Modern de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France; Musee de la Photographie a Charleroi, Belgium; and  Lehigh University Art Galleries. A retrospective of his work was exhibited at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies with an accompanying book/catalogue published by Harvard University Press, 2004-05 and his Out of Focus Traffik Signs one-man exhibition was presented at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, 2011.

Luis Gutiérrez has over 25 years of professional practice in the field of Architecture, Interior Design, Space Planning, and Historic Preservation. Mr. Gutiérrez received a B.A. degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico. He has been a professor, a speaker and a jury member at both the Architecture School at the University of Puerto Rico and the Polytechnic School of Architecture, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Wednesday, February 8. 6:30 pm

For more information please call 787-840-1510 with Arlette de la Serna or write to

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