Armando Andrade Tudela. Deformed Pottery. 2012

Armando Andrade Tudela Deformed Pottery 2012

  • MoMA, Floor 3, 3 East The Robert B. Menschel Galleries

This video examines a vessel from the pre-Hispanic Chancay civilization, which developed on the central coast of modern-day Peru. Due to an irregularity in the firing process—in which clay is heated to a high temperature and becomes ceramic—this object was born “deformed.” It is now part of the collection of the Amano Pre-Columbian Textile Museum in Lima, which was founded in 1964 by Yoshitaro Amano, a Japanese-Peruvian businessman. A “failed” object made within a cultural tradition that has been devalued by art history, this urn has nonetheless survived. The artist treats it as a precious antique, highlighting its shape and asserting its place in what he calls a “counter-archaeological or counter-modern” collective heritage.

Gallery label from Chosen Memories, April 30–September 9, 2023
16mm film transferred to video (color, silent)
2:12 min.
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Carlos Rodríguez-Pastor
Object number
Media and Performance

Research in progress; information about this work may be incomplete.


Galería Elba Benítez, Madrid, 2014
Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York and Caracas, 2014
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017

Exhibition history

Madrid, Galería Elba Benítez, "Armando Andrade Tudela: Sobras del Progreso", February - March, 2013

Medellín, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, "Estado Oculto, 43 Salón (inter) Nacional de Artistas, Colombia", September 6 - November 3, 2013

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


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