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Living Histories of Contemporary Art: New Media between Latin America and New York in the 1960s–70s

Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

Free Event


This scholarly symposium has been organized by Jennifer Josten, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, and Katherine Brodbeck, Associate Curator, Carnegie Museum of Art, to complement two concurrent exhibitions: Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium, on view at Carnegie Museum of Art from October 1, 2016–January 2, 2017, and Paradoxes of Play, organized by Pitt's Museum Studies Exhibition Seminar, which will be on view at the University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building, from November 4–December 9, 2016.

Participants, including Hélio Oiticica exhibition organizers Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry J. Heinz II Director, Carnegie Museum of Art, and Katherine Brodbeck, Associate Curator, Carnegie Museum of Art; Dr. Andreas Valentin, a Rio de Janeiro-based artist and scholar; and scholar-curators Carla Stellweg (School of Visual Arts, New York), Sarah Montross (deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA), and Aleca Le Blanc (University of California-Riverside), will offer insights into the transnational and transmediated practices of artists such as Jaime Davidovich, Juan Downey, and Hélio Oiticica, with particular attention to exhibitions and other forms of dissemination.

The symposium schedule will include lunch for attendees and the option to participate in a guided tour of Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium at Carnegie Museum of Art. The University Art Gallery in the Frick Fine Arts Building will have special hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Funding for this event has been generously provided by the University Center for International Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, as well as the Fine Family Foundation.