Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Marian Pastor Roces Book Launched by MCAD

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The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) recently hosted the book launch of Gathering: Political Writing on Art and Culture, a limited-edition collection of 43 essays on politics, culture and art written by the respectable cultural theorist, critic, and independent curator Marian Pastor Roces, held at Powerbooks at The Podium in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

The anthology debuts MCAD’s publishing initiative, which will continue to print special monographs of contemporary Filipino artists and art practitioners. The project was a part of the celebration to mark the 10th year anniversary of the museum.

Gathering: Political Writing on Art and Culture featured Roces’ discursive articles from 1974 to 2018, which showcased her insights on diverse and important subjects such as art, museology, and cultural theory in the local and international landscape of political and social developments.

Roces, the founder and principal of TAO Inc., “a museum and exhibition development corporation", was part of MCAD’s master planning team and played a pivotal role in the establishment of the museum in 2008.

Spearheaded by MCAD Director Joselina Cruz, the event was led by the then-DLS-CSB President Brother Dennis Magbanua FSC and the incoming DLS-CSB President Brother Edmundo Fernandez FSC.

The De La Salle University (DLSU) College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Dean Dr. Jazmin Llana led the discussion with the acclaimed curator.

Co-published with ArtAsiaPacific Foundation and sponsored by Powerbooks and National Bookstore, Gathering: Political Writing on Art and Culture is available at the MCAD and at select Manila stores such as Art Bar Serendra, Art Bar Rockwell, Powerbooks Podium, Powerbooks Alabang, Powerbooks Shangrila, National Book Store Glorietta, National Book Store Shangri-La, National Book Store Taft, and

Locally, it is available for PHP2,300, while it is likewise available for international purchase via Art Asia Pactic’s website at the price of USD 45.

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