previews

  • Hélio Oiticica

    The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    1001 Bissonnet
    December 10, 2006–April 1, 2007

    Tate Modern
    Bankside
    June 7–September 3, 2007

    Curated by Mari Carmen Ramírez

    Although the importance of Hélio Oiticica’s contribution to the ’60s-era dismantling of autonomous art is increasingly acknowledged, firsthand experience in North America of the Brazilian’s work remains largely restricted to a single series: his multisensory installations, the “Quasi-cinemas.” But now, “The Body of Color”—the first phase of a multiyear collaboration between the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Rio de Janeiro’s Projeto Hélio Oiticica—presents the broad scope of the artist’s creative experimentation. Foregrounding color’s central role in Oiticica’s practice, the show comprises more than two hundred works, including late-’50s Neo-concrete monochromes and mid-’60s and ’70s Parangolés—bright samba costumes that liberated color from the aesthetic realm into the domain of lived experience. Travels to Tate Modern, London, June 7–Sept. 3, 2007.

  • Pipilotti Rist, (Entlastungen) Pipilottis Fehler ([Absolutions] Pipilotti’s Mistakes), 1988, still from a color video, 8 minutes.

    Pipilotti Rist, (Entlastungen) Pipilottis Fehler ([Absolutions] Pipilotti’s Mistakes), 1988, still from a color video, 8 minutes.

    Pipilotti Rist

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
    5216 Montrose Boulevard
    October 14, 2006–January 14, 2007

    Curated by Paolo Morsiani

    Pipilotti Rist’s practice could be described as “video in the expanded field.” Not only do her works appear in unexpected places—under the floorboards, in a medicine cabinet, embedded in a bathroom mirror—they are also sometimes literally “expanded,” devouring the white cube in multiple projections that form dreamlike landscapes of manipulated scale, hyperbolic color, and distorted sound. However, Rist’s art is more than just formal bravura. Through the uncanny encounters it engineers, her work provides surreal experiences that address social and biological dimensions of the female body. This retrospective—Rist’s first in the US—assembles approximately ten video installations and eight single-channel works made since 1986. Travels to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in 2008, dates TBA.