Los Angeles

Los Angeles

“The Experimental Exercise of Freedom”

MOCA Geffen Contemporary
152 North Central Avenue
April 11–September 5, 1999

Curated by Alma Ruiz and Rina Carvajal

Starting in the late ’50s, certain Latin American artists drew extraordinary, expansive conclusions from the heritage of international constructivism, breaching boundaries between artistic genres and between art and social action, anticipating later developments elsewhere. Europe and North America have lately rediscovered Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, thanks to the inclusion of their work in Documenta X. This exhibition of roughly 100 works, curated by Alma Ruiz (of LA MoCA) and Rina Carvajal (formerly of MoCA, Caracas), puts them in the broader picture, alongside two less fashionable Brazilians, Gego and Mia Schendel, and the Mexican Mathias Goeritz, whose “emotional architecture” aimed to synthesize the arts. Apr. 11–Sept. 5; travel venues to be announced.