Installation view: Open Work in Latin America, New York & Beyond: Conceptualism Reconsidered, 1967–1978, Hunter College Art Galleries, 2013. Photo by Louis Chan.
Open Work in Latin America, New York & Beyond: Conceptualism Reconsidered, 1967–1978
Curated by Harper Montgomery, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Professor of Modern & Contemporary Latin American Art
February 8–May 5, 2013
Opening reception: February 7th, 6–8pm
Hunter West Building
132 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 1–6pm
Eco’s concept of the Open Work—an artwork that could not be completed without the viewer’s participation—was highly useful for Latin American conceptualists from the late 1960s through the late 1970s because it named the collaborative and performative emphasis of their artworks. Open Work in Latin America, New York & Beyond: Conceptualism Reconsidered, 1967–1978 displays the capacious nature of conceptualism by exhibiting 91 books, video, sound works, prints, drawings, installations, and photography by 36 artists working in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, New York, London, Los Angeles, Montevideo, and Caracas. Although not a historical survey, the show presents a collective desire to use the body to destabilize systems of representation shared by artists from Latin America working in conceptual modes from 1967 to 1978.
Diego Barboza, Artur Barrio, Luis Benedit, Mel Bochner, Donald Burgy, Luis Camnitzer, Sigfredo Chacón, Eduardo Costa, Jaime Davidovich, Iole de Freitas, Antonio Dias, Juan Downey, Felipe Ehrenberg, Rafael Ferrer, Anna Bella Geiger, Rubens Gerchman, Víctor Grippo, Leandro Katz, Joseph Kosuth, David Lamelas, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Cildo Meireles, Ana Mendieta, Marta Minujín, Hélio Oiticica, Clemente Padín, Claudio Perna, John Perreault, Liliana Porter, Alejandro Puente, Carlos Rojas, Ed Ruscha, Bernardo Salcedo, Lawrence Weiner, Horacio Zabala
Open Work in Latin America, New York and Beyond includes some ninety works that have been generously lent to Hunter College from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard University, Henrique Faria Fine Art, Document Art Gallery, Alexander Gray Associates, Daros Latinamerica Collection, Thria Collection, Luis Camnitzer, Jaime Davidovich, and Liliana Porter.
Hunter College is deeply grateful to the following donors, whose generous support has made this exhibition possible: Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and The Bershad Exhibition Fund.