History of Art and Architecture

Living Histories of Contemporary Art

Saturday, November 5, 2016 -
10:00am to 5:30pm

William W. Posvar Hall 1501, University of Pittsburgh

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 Oct. 1, 2016–Jan. 2, 2017, and Paradoxes of Play: Concrete and Conceptualist Proposals from Brazil and Beyond, organized by Pitt's Museum Studies Exhibition Seminar, which will be on view at the University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building, from Nov. 4–Dec. 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; Andreas Valentin, a Rio de Janeiro-based artist and scholar; and scholar-curators Carla Stellweg (School of Visual Arts), Sarah Montross (deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum), 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 full schedule of events is available here: https://goo.gl/xicb1a

Attendees will have the option to participate in a light breakfast and lunch, as well as a guided tour of Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium at Carnegie Museum of Art at 1:30pm. The University Art Gallery in the Frick Fine Arts Building will have special hours, from 10am-5pm.

All events are free and open to the public. Though not required, advance registration through Eventbrite is appreciated: https://living-histories.eventbrite.com

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.