Decentered. Other accounts of Conceptualism (Argentina and Latin America)
Class given by Ana Longoni with the participation of Simón Marchán-Fiz and Marcelo Expósito
This class will look at some of the Avant-Garde practices and ideas that took place in Argentina and other Latin American countries in the concussed 60s and 70s. These practices shared in the radical questioning of art's autonomous statute in their commitment to the dissolution of instituted borders and in their search for entrance into society.
To avoid establishing comparative dimensions with the "new artistic behaviors" of Europe and North America, the class proposes rethinking and discussing certain unavoidable theoretical arguments dealing with the aesthetics and historiography of 20th century Art, showing its limits when it comes time to confront these specific productions. Some of them have been in a recovery process for the last decade as a part of International Conceptualism; an assimilation that can be problematic as it runs the risk of measuring contexts and specific historical processes by homogeneous standards.
Ana Longoni is a Doctor of the Arts (University of Buenos Aires), writer, researcher, and professor of Media and Culture Theory in the Department of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Buenos Aires. She directs the research group "Plastic and Leftist Arts in 20th century Argentina." She has published many works, among them the books entitled De los poetas malditos al video-clip (Buenos Aires, Cántaro, 1998), and Del Di Tella a Tucumán Arde (Buenos Aires, El cielo por asalto, 2000), the preliminary study of Oscar Masotta's book Revolución en el arte (Buenos Aires, Edhasa, 2004), and one of the chapters in the anthology Listen, Here, How! Argentine Art of the sixties: Writings of the Avant-Garde, edited by I. Katzenstein (New York, MoMA, 2004).
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 at 7 pm.
Experimentation and Avant-Garde in the art of 1970s Argentina. Some key cases: Alberto Greco, Ricardo Carreira, and Oscar Masotta.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 at 7 pm.
Conceptualism and politics in Latin America, between the cycle of '68 and the dictatorships of the 70s. Comparative dimensions between Argentina ("Tucumán Burns"), Chile (the "advanced scene") and Peru (the "Huayco group").
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 at 7 pm.
Critical revision of the theory of the Avant-Garde, from the consideration off peripheral modernities and the so-called "neo-Avant-Gardes". Inside and out: fluctuating connections of the vanguard with the Art Institution.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at 7 pm.
"Moments of the reception of Latin American Conceptualism in Europe and the United States".
Conference given by Simón Marchán Fiz and Marcelo Expósito.
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