Conceptual Geographies, Frames and Documents on view until March 23, 2013
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
Columbia University - NY
This exhibition is culled from an original project, Frames and Documents: Conceptualists Practices, Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, curated by Jesús Fuenmayor and Philippe Pirotte.
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia presents Conceptual Geographies: Frames and Documents, Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, curated by Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies alumnus Donald Johnson-Montenegro and graduate student Anne Bruder. The exhibition presents important conceptual artworks created since 1967 by 16 international artists from different generations and latitudes. The 22 works and series—including photography, video, film, drawing, printmaking, mail art and artist’s books—all invoke geography on multiple levels, using it as both subject and object.
Conceptual Geographies is open to the public from Wednesday, January 23, to Saturday, March 23, 2013. The Wallach Art Gallery is located on the eighth floor of Schermerhorn Hall on Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus, 116th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. To learn more, please visit the Wallach Art Gallery website.
The works in Conceptual Geographies were selected from the exhibition Frames and Documents: Conceptualist Practice, which was on display at Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in Miami, FL from November 2011 until March 2012. The latter exhibition was curated by Philippe Pirotte and Jesús Fuenmayor, director and curator for CIFO. Conceptual Geographies at the Wallach Art Gallery further explores the issue of geography addressed in the original exhibition.
The exhibition includes artists who engaged conceptual practices in the United States, Europe and Latin America and began to explore their respective geographies as a means to question invisible and visible structures of power, as well as to analyze, challenge and expose the systems in which artists create and viewers perceive. The artists in the exhibition include Lothar Baumgarten, Pavel Büchler, Waltercio Caldas, Sophie Calle, Luis Camnitzer, Eugenio Dittborn, Eugenio Espinoza, David Lamelas, Louise Lawler, Gordon Matta-Clark, Cildo Meireles, Ana Mendieta, Claudio Perna, Ed Ruscha, Regina Silveira, and Horacio Zabala.
These artists are aligned with conceptual art practices in an international context. In their works, geographies derive from multiple powers that demarcate spaces, people and systems, and span from the literal to the metaphorical.
Conceptual Geographies at the Wallach Art Gallery expands the understanding of Conceptual Art, presenting practices from varied geopolitical contexts, as well as works from different time periods and by artists not usually associated with the movement.