previews

  • Tania Bruguera, The Burden of Guilt, 1997–99, decapitated lamb, rope, water, salt, Cuban soil, dimensions variable.

    “Tania Bruguera: On the Political Imaginary”

    Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College
    735 Anderson Hill Road Purchase College, SUNY
    January 28–April 11

    Curated by Helaine Posner

    Tania Bruguera’s midcareer survey will feature eighteen works, almost all of them documentation of past actions. The exhibition will balance the Cuban artist’s early performances—such as Tribute to Ana Mendieta, 1985–96, a series of reenactments of the older artist’s body works, and Studio Study, 1996, an endurance piece in which she stood for hours on a high pedestal while holding raw meat—with pieces that followed her development of Arte de Conducta, or the “Art of Behavior,” around 2002. While the former prominently featured the artist’s body, the latter have largely excised it, leaving situations that explore site-specific modes of social and political control and that aim to transform the audience into “citizens.” For example, Tatlin’s Whisper #6 (Havana Version), 2009, staged at the Havana Biennial, permitted participants a minute of free speech.