Felix Gonzalez-Torres

El Museo del Barrio

At El Museo del Barrio, encased in a small vitrine amid newspaper clippings and ephemera crowned by a monitor screening early video projects (including the autoerotic New York, New York!, 1979, and the self-consciously narcissistic Autorretrato número 3 [Self Portrait Number 3], 1979) was a letter written by Ron Clark in support of Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s grant application to the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dated April 20, 1983, it is unabashed in its enthusiasm for its subject, who had recently participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program. Gonzalez-Torres, Clark avows, is an “ideal student,” “exceptionally intelligent.” “Felix has the ability to skillfully employ his knowledge of critical and theoretical concepts and methods in the analysis of artistic practice and of the historical processes and social institutions within which art is made and experience[d].”


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