previews

  • “WE ARE MANY: EXPERIMENTS IN COLLECTIVITY”

    Pinacoteca do Estado / Estação Pinacoteca
    Praça da Luz, 2

    Curated by Fernanda Pitta, Amanda Arantes, and Jochen Volz

    In an interview in Artforum in 1969, Joseph Beuys stated, “To be a teacher is my greatest work of art.” Arguably, Beuys’s most lasting lesson was that artists’ practices should explore the ways in which collectivities are constituted; this position informed his experiments in “social sculpture.” So what would it mean to belong to the “Beuys school” today? Is it productive to continue such a tradition? This upcoming show in São Paulo will depart from these questions, bringing works by Beuys across different media together with pieces by about ten others who were never his students but might be considered part of his academy, such as Brazilian contemporary artists Vivian Caccuri, Maurício Ianês, and Monica Nador, the renowned Cuban artist Tania Bruguera, and the Argentina-born leader of relational aesthetics Rirkrit Tiravanija. A highlight will be the beautiful wall hangings made by participants in Nador’s stenciling workshops—as well as the forms of collective engagement that this new generation of work will invite.

  • “HISTORIES OF WOMEN: ARTISTS BEFORE 1900” “FEMINIST HISTORIES: ARTISTS AFTER 2000”

    Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM)
    Parque Ibirapuera gate 3 - s/nº

    Curated by Isabella Rjeille, Mariana Leme, Julia Bryan-Wilson, and Lilia Schwarcz

    This combined survey will illuminate how historical and ideological structures have influenced the interpretation and institutional validation of women’s artistic practices. “Histories of Women” will bring together some sixty pieces made during the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, with a special emphasis on lesser-known Latin American painters such as Maria Emília Campos (Brazil) and Magdalena Mira Mena (Chile). The second section, “Feminist Histories,” will include approximately one hundred works by artists who emerged in the twenty-first century. When seen in tandem, the shows will elucidate how these women have defined, responded to, and advanced feminism and equality over time.