Open Work in Latin America, New York & Beyond: Conceptualism Reconsidered, 1967–1978

Plans for Barracao Experiment 2 (related to former Nests experiments), included in the Museum of Modern Art's 1970 exhibition Information, 1970.

Hunter College

Open Work in Latin America, New York & Beyond:
Conceptualism Reconsidered, 1967–1978

Exhibition runs February 8–May 5, 2013

The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery
CUNY Hunter College
West Building at the southwest corner of 68th Street
and Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

www.latinamericanartathunter.org

Artists:
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

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 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, 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.

Open Work in Latin America, New York and Beyond includes some 90 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, Henrique Faria Fine Art, Document Art Gallery, and Alexander Gray Associates.

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.

For more information about related events, including lectures by Dan Quiles, Gabriela Rangel, and performances and screenings organized by students at Hunter College, and for information about Hunter College’s Department of Art and Art History and its initiatives supported by the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, go to www.latinamericanartathunter.org.