March 19 - May 16, 2020
Red Brush and Other Situations, a solo exhibition of new work by Argentine artist Liliana Porter.
Opening reception: Thursday, March 19, 6-8pm
Exhibition walk-through with Liliana Porter: Friday, March 20, 11am-1pm
Exhibition dates: March 19 – May 16, 2020
During this time of unprecedented social isolation, fear, and unease caused by COVID-19, we turn to art more than ever as a source of inspiration and connection. When the new phenomenon of “social distancing” began a few weeks ago, Porter and Tiscornia immediately began working on a new theatrical piece together, in which they wrote a script and enlisted ten Argentine actors to film their respective roles on their phones. Porter and Tiscornia edited the piece from their home in Rhinebeck, New York, assisted by Federico Lo Bianco in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and with music by composer and editor Sylvia Meyer in New Paltz, New York. First-Hand Theatre for New Times deals with themes of “dislocation, time, reality, and fiction,” taking a playful yet sophisticated approach to exploring the human condition under quarantine. This work of “theatre for new times” is a testament to the potential for art to transcend physical barriers, now more than ever thanks to advances in technology.
A native of Buenos Aires, Liliana Porter (Argentina, b. 1941) relocated to New York in 1964. In 1965, along with artists Luis Camnitzer and José Guillermo Castillo, she co-founded the New York Graphic Workshop, which produced prints while redefining conventional models for making and distributing art. In addition to her print work, Porter’s art engages with notions of time, memory, and emotionality that define the human condition via the forms and movements of small flea-market figurines and found objects across austere backgrounds. Porter’s work is included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Tate Modern, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), among many others.
Red Brush and Other Situations, Liliana Porter’s tenth solo exhibition at Sicardi | Ayers Bacino, is on view through May 16, 2020.
Ana Tiscornia (Uruguay, b. 1951) was born in Montevideo and has resided in New York since 1991. She is currently a Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Old Westbury. Tiscornia writes for several specialized art publications and is the author of the book Vicissitudes of the Visual Imaginary: Between Utopia and Fragmented Identity. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions internationally and she has represented Uruguay in Biennials throughout Latin America.
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