May 14 to September 25, 2009
Curated by Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez and Claro Ramirez
Double Take was an attempt to encourage a second look on initial misrecognitions. Viewers were goaded to ask: Was what I always knew as real merely a cleverly woven myth? Notions of blood, glory, territory and, ultimately, nation were mined in the LVN film still archive, particularly from war films. Young director Raya Martin counted on the museum infrastructure to set off a play on the eyes and mind. The museum’s larger galleries saw pronouncements from the historian Floro Quibuyen, art historian John Clark, and theorist Marian Pastor Roces that set off seminal pieces by nineteenth-century painters Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo. The two artists were also re-examined in light of discourse and personal communication with the nationalist José Rizal.