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30 January, 2014 : Latin American Conceptualism in Transnational Perspective

par Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel

“Latin America” as Curatorial Category

This seminar will begin by surveying different approaches for exhibiting art from Latin America and/or by Latin American artists in international contexts. I will propose a rough typology of ways to incorporate or differentiate the region, particular countries, or individuals through exhibition practice, keeping in mind relationships of power in every instance. Then I will offer two case studies drawn from my own research : 

Fitting In : David Lamelas’s Publication 

This is a discussion of a single artist’s response to international conceptualism in 1970. With Publication in 1970, David Lamelas published a seemingly innocuous pamphlet / exhibition catalogue featuring contributions from 13 artists and writers of Northern nationalities who were associated with conceptual art. Lamelas, who had already begun to operate as a displaced “nomad” in European and North American cities in a manner that he has continued up to the present day, was in fact commenting incisively on dynamics between North and South in conceptualism. Transnational collaborations such as Publication can be understood as cartographic historical records in their own right, yet ones that are deliberately conceived and critically oriented.

CAYC en el aire libre : Conceptualism as International Network

My second case study concerns the Center of Art and Communication (CAYC) in Buenos Aires, which operated as the locus of advanced contemporary art in Buenos Aires for the entire decade of the 1970s- including the most violent years of the military junta (1976-1983). CAYC was devoted to promoting Argentine conceptual artists abroad, organizing dozens of exhibitions at home and internationally and blanketing prominent art institutions with hundreds of yellow bulletins detailing its activities around the world. My study examines how the institution’s significance changed even as its methods did not ; the drastic shifts in political context in Argentina over the course of the decade exposed both the democratic potential and tragic limitations of conceptualism in the years of Operation Condor. 


The seminar will take place in the IHMC Room, 45 rue d’Ulm, Stairwell D, 3rd Floor, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Open admission depending on availability.

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