Marta Minujín and Rubén Santantonín, The Octogonal Mirror Room, from La Menesunda, 1965 (detail). Courtesy Marta Minujín Archive.
Join us for a special conversation between artist Marta Minujín; Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director; and Helga Christoffersen, Associate Curator, on the occasion of the exhibition “Marta Minujín: Menesunda Reloaded.” This exhibition marks the first time Minujín’s legendary immersive installation La Menesunda has ever been recreated in the United States, reenvisioning the original 1965 exhibition at the Center for Visual Arts at the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires that reflected the energy and social dynamics of the city during the 1960s. To celebrate this installation’s unique combination of performance, participation, and radical experimental spirit, curators Gioni and Christoffersen will join Minujín to discuss her career as a pioneering woman artist and early interlocutor of mass media and consumerism in Latin American postwar art.
Over the past sixty years, the epoch-defining Argentinian artist Marta Minujín (b. 1943, Buenos Aires, Argentina) has developed happenings, performances, installations, and video works that have greatly influenced generations of contemporary artists in Latin America and beyond. Minujín combines elements of experimental theater, film, television, advertising, and sculpture to create total environments that place viewers at the center of social situations, confronting them with the seductiveness of media images and celebrity culture. Emerging in the 1960s as one of the strongest voices in Argentinian art, Minujín has often refused to make lasting objects, instead developing her work in opposition to traditional institutional structures. Her simultaneously monumental and fragile works challenge conventions of art while testifying to her unyielding engagement with both radical artistic forms and the artifices of popular culture. Minujín’s capacity to inspire awe and surprise have solidified her reputation as a leading figure in Latin American Conceptual art.
Following this conversation, artist Lubaina Humid and Associate Curator Natalie Bell will discuss “Lubaina Himid: Work From Underneath,” the first American solo exhibition for the 2017 Turner Prize–winning artist.
CART captioning will be available at this program.
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