Tangled Alphabets: León Ferrari and Mira Schendel
Thursday, April 16, 2009, 12:30 p.m.
Education Classroom B, mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Art in the Long View at Lunchtime
In conversation with artists and MoMA Lecturers, explore long-term, process-based art and its impact on the experience of art. While many artists establish concrete goals, the processes we are interested in examining may span the lifetime of the artist, require ongoing participation or discussion, and be linked more to research and exploration than to a pre-established plan. Bring your lunch and discover how these challenges to the constraints of time and the expectations of final product and finality force viewers and participants to reconsider the role of art in society. This series serves as an incubator of ideas in advance of our upcoming Contemporary Art Forum on May 2 and 3.
This lecture provides an overview of the exhibition Tangled Alphabets: León Ferrari and Mira Schendel. Ferrari (Argentine, b. 1920) and Schendel (Brazilian, b. Switzerland, 1919–1988), who produced their works in the neighboring countries of Argentina and Brazil throughout the 1960s and 1980s, when the question of language was particularly central to Western culture due to the central role taken by post-structuralism, semiotics, and the philosophy of language, are considered among the most significant artists in Latin America during the second half of the twentieth century. Their works address language as a major visual subject matter: the visual body of language, the embodiment of voices as words and gestures, and language as a metaphor for understanding the human world. Although their drawings, sculptures, and paintings are contemporary with the birth of Conceptualism, they are distinctively different and have not yet been exhibited in their entirety in the United States.
Lecturer: Geaninne Guimaraes
In conjunction with the exhibition Tangled Alphabets: León Ferrari and Mira Schendel
Tickets are free but required and can be acquired on a first-come first-served basis online or at the information desk, the Film desk after 4:00 p.m., or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.
To pick up tickets acquired online, proceed to the Education and Research Building reception desk at 4 West 54 Street beginning at noon on the day of the program.