The Neon Tunnel, from La Menesunda, 1965 (detail). Installation view: “La Menesunda según Marta Minujín” [La Menesunda according to Marta Minujín], Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, 2015. Courtesy Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires. Photo: Josefina Tommasi
Join us for a special panel discussion featuring scholars and experts in Latin American art, feminism, and media ecologies as they present three innovative new readings of Marta Minujín’s legendary installation La Menesunda. Since its first installation at the Center for Visual Arts at the Instituto Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires in 1965, La Menesunda has only been recreated twice, the most recent iteration being the current New Museum exhibition, “Marta Minujín: Menesunda Reloaded.” Taking advantage of this unique opportunity, the scholars gathered together for this program will bring their expertise to bear on “Menesunda Reloaded” and provide exciting new interpretations of Minujín’s radical immersive installation and performance work.
This panel will feature Dr. Deborah Cullen, Executive Director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts; Dr. Michaëla de Lacaze Mohrmann, Andrew W. Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art; and Aimé Iglesias Lukin, PhD Candidate in Art History at Rutgers University and author of the exhibition catalogue essay “MINUYORK: Marta Minujín in the USA.” Their presentations on the history and significance of La Menesunda in relationship to gender, capitalism, and transnational exchange in Latin American art will be followed by a discussion moderated by Massimiliano Gioni, the New Museum’s Edlis Neeson Artistic Director and co-curator of “Menesunda Reloaded.”
Deborah Cullen, PhD, is Executive Director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts. An expert in Latin American and Caribbean art, Cullen was previously the Director and Chief Curator of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University and the Director of Curatorial Programs at El Museo del Barrio, where she organized significant exhibitions on the history of modern Latin American art, including “Arte ≠ Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960–2000” (2008) and “Nexus New York: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis” (2009).
Michaëla de Lacaze Mohrmann, PhD, is the Associate Curatorial Director at Pace Gallery. Previously, she was a Museum Research Consortium Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art, working in the Department of Drawings and Prints and with the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America. Mohrmann’s doctoral dissertation, “Populist Counter-Spectacles and the Inception of Mass Media Art in Argentina: Marta Minujín’s Happenings, Performances, and Environments of the 1960s,” is the first English-language monograph on the work of Marta Minujín.
Aimé Iglesias Lukin was recently appointed the Director and Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the Americas Society. She is a PhD candidate at Rutgers University, specializing in modern and contemporary Latin American art, and her dissertation focuses on Latin American artists living and working in New York during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Her research and writing analyzes topics of travel, exile, and identity in works by artists from Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Argentina—including Marta Minujín—and her essay “MINUYORK: Marta Minujín in the USA,” appears in the exhibition catalogue Marta Minujín: Menesunda Reloaded (2019).