Los Angeles

Lucio Fontana, Ambiente Spaziale Num. 51-A1 (Struttura al neon per la IX Triennale di Milano) (Spatial Atmosphere No. 51-A1 [Neon Structure for the IX Milan Triennial]), 1951, neon, 7' 6" x 22'.

Lucio Fontana, Ambiente Spaziale Num. 51-A1 (Struttura al neon per la IX Triennale di Milano) (Spatial Atmosphere No. 51-A1 [Neon Structure for the IX Milan Triennial]), 1951, neon, 7' 6" x 22'.

Los Angeles

Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
250 South Grand Avenue
December 6, 2010–February 27, 2011

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at Seventh Street, SW
June 23–September 11, 2011

Curated by Alma Ruiz

Southern California’s role in postwar art is due for a critical reappraisal. Curator Alma Ruiz’s “Suprasensorial” constitutes a valuable contribution to this regionalist project, attempting a double reorientation by locating precedents of Californian Light and Space art of the late 1960s in the work of Latin American artists such as Lucio Fontana, who made his first neon environment in 1951. The exhibition will include five immersive installations—by Fontana, Julio Le Parc, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jesús Rafael Soto, and Hélio Oiticica, the last in collaboration with Neville d’Almeida—dating from 1951 to 1999. Conceived in places such as Milan, Paris, and New York, the works speak less to local aesthetics than to international networks of exchange.

Travels to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, June 23–Sept. 11, 2011.