The House Is the Body: A Wandering Discourse on Lygia Clark
Thursday, June 12, 2014, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Painting and Sculpture Galleries, fourth floor
Lygia Clark's 1968 installation The House Is the Body concretized many of the artist's concerns about a "libidinal economy." Clark described this house as a location of fecundity and female fertility. Seen historically, such language was both of its time and yet behind it, while the form of Clark's work and its broader insistence on the sensorial and immersive involvement of the beholder have yet to be adequately reckoned with. Art historian Judith Rodenbeck leads a conversation in, around, and through Clark's work, framing the installation in relation to the artist's use of metaphor and therapeutic activity; placing it alongside projects by artists such as Helio Oiticica, Marta Minujin, Alison Knowles, and others; and contextualizing its significance in relation to contemporary projects.
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