Sylvia Palacios Whitman and Lenora de Barros in “Radical Woman: Latin American Art, 1960-1985” at the Hammer Museum

Radical Woman: Latin American Art, 1960-1985

Armand Hammer Museum of Art & Culture, Los Angeles, CA

September 15 – December 31, 2017

Curated by Dr. Cecilia Fajardo‐Hill and Dr. Andrea Giunta


Sylvia Palacios Whitman (b. 1941, Chile) and Lenora de Barros (b. 1953, Brazil) will be featured in the “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985″ exhibition at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. In a way that no other exhibition has done previously, “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985″ (part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA) will give visibility to the artistic practices of women artists working in Latin America and US-born women artists of Latino heritage between 1960 and 1985—a key period in Latin American history and in the development of contemporary art. Fifteen countries will be represented in the exhibition by more than one hundred artists, with 260 works in photography, video, and other experimental mediums.

Sylvia Palacios Whitman will be represented in the show by Babette Mangolte’s photos of her performative practice, which was rooted in a tradition of minimalist dance and the theatrical stagings of Latin-American theater, while functioning simultaneously as art historical records and objects in and of themselves. A reenactment of her 1977 performance “Passing Through”, first realized at Sonnabend Gallery, is scheduled for early 2018 as part of the exhibition extended program.

Brazilian artist Lenora de Barros, whose body of work ranges from visual poetry to performance, photography and video, will present the video record of her legendary performance “Homage a George Segal” (1984). As homage to the this artist that had so much impressed her during her formation years, de Barros did a performance in front of the camera brushing her teeth with such exaggeration that the foam of the paste covers more and more her face and head until she looks much like the eerie plaster figures of George Segal’s sculptures.

Among the women included in “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985″ are also emblematic figures such as Lygia Clark, Ana Mendieta, and Marta Minujín alongside lesser-known names such as the Cuban-born abstract artist Zilia Sánchez, the Colombian sculptor Feliza Burztyn, and the Brazilian video artist Leticia Parente. The artists featured in “Radical Women” have made extraordinary contributions to the field of contemporary art, but little scholarly attention has been devoted to situating their work within the social, cultural, and political contexts in which it was made. This groundbreaking exhibition will constitute the first genealogy of feminist and radical art practices in Latin America and their influence internationally, thereby addressing an art historical vacuum. “Radical Women” will also include a national and international tour, a scholarly publication.

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