Amalia Pica Venn Diagrams (Under the Spotlight) 2011

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 214

Could the practice of comparing and contrasting prompt citizens to find commonalities among themselves, encouraging collective organization and, ultimately, political resistance? During Argentina’s extremely repressive military dictatorship of 1976–83, Venn diagrams were banned from being taught in primary schools. Here, the artist’s Venn diagram is activated by visitors: one spotlight illuminates when one person approaches the work, the other when additional people approach. When both lights are on, two interlocking circles of color appear on the facing wall.

Gallery label from 2023
Spotlights and motion sensors
Dimensions variable
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Stuart Comer
Object number
Media and Performance

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Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles
Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York and Caracas, 2011
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017

Exhibition history

New York, New Museum, "The Ungovernables: 2012 New Museum Triennial", February 15 - April 22, 2012

Cambridge, MIT List Visual Arts Center, "Amalia Pica", February 8 - April 7, 2013

Chicago, MCA Chicago, "Amalia Pica", April 27 - August 11, 2013

Columbus, Ohio, Columbus Museum of Art, “A Measure of Humanity,” June 22 - September 16, 2018

Puebla, Mexico, Museo Amparo, “Portadores de sentido,” February 9 - July 22, 2019

Chicago, MCA Chicago, "Amalia Pica", April 27 - August 11, 2013


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