Event Info

2/8/13 - 5/9/13
Exhibition: Open Work
Antonio Dias (Brazil, born 1944, lives in Rio de Janeiro, Cologne, and Milan). Do It Yourself: Freedom Territory, 1968. Adhesive vinyl on floor; overall dimensions variable. Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich

Open Work in Latin America, New York & Beyond

Conceptualism Reconsidered, 1967–1978 

February 8 – May 4, 2013


CUNY Hunter College
West Building at the southwest corner of 68th Street
and Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 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 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 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, 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.

The exhibition features works by: 

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

Supplementary Programming:

Friday March 8

Open Experience: Two Performances from 1970

Featuring David Lamelas performing his work Time

Friday, March 15

Graduate Student Symposium“Transnational Conceptualisms between Latin America and the U.S.”

Including keynote speaker,  Dr. Daniel R. Quiles, Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Wednesday, March 20

Talk: “Three Self-Destructive Strategies of Venezuelan Neo-Avant-Garde from 1962 to 1973”

Gabriela Rangel, Director of Visual Arts and Curator, Americas Society, New York


For additional information, images, or to request an interview please contact:

Andy Cushman | Octopus Outreach | E | M 917-714-4402

Hélio Oiticica (Brazilian, 1937–1980).  Plans for Barracao Experiment 2 (related to former Nests experiments), included in the Museum of Modern Art's 1970 exhibition "Information," 1970. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY  

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