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Adventures in curating, or “The Invisible Architect”


Juan Downey, “Anaconda Map of Chile,” 1973. Photo by Harry Shunk, courtesy of the Juan Downey Foundation.

Just back from a trip to the East Coast to research several upcoming exhibitions and projects. My first stop was the MIT List Visual Art Center to visit the Juan Downey exhibition, The Invisible Architect, which the ASU Art Museum will be presenting this fall. It is a fascinating and complex body of work by a Chilean-born artist who experimented with new technology and its role in our society beginning in the late 1960s. Downey (1940-1993) worked with a number of artists from that period, including Gordon Matta-Clark and Bill Viola, on interactive performances and videos. Much of his early work explored the invisible connections between and among humans, the body and the built environment .

Later he started to explore issues central to his personal history and experiences. In the mid 1970s, he and his family lived for several months with the Yanomami Indians in the Amazon, arriving by canoe with their art materials and video camera. Downey made ironic, pseudo-documentary videos that critiqued Western anthropological approaches.

The sleepers in the exhibition are the beautiful paintings and drawings, many of them maps of the Americas or fantastic architectural structures. The show was featured in Artforum’s summer preview issue; after showing here in Tempe, it will travel to the Bronx Museum.

Ever since my return, I have been working with the rest of the curatorial team to plan for the installation of The Invisible Architect in three of our galleries. We are juggling multiple videos, installations — and an Anaconda.

You never know where curatorial work will take you…more soon.

Heather Sealy Lineberry
Senior Curator and Associate Director,  ASU Art Museum

July 20, 2011 at 11:34 pm

ASU ART MUSEUM and ECHO present A Fluid Resilience, at 54th VENICE BIENNALE

Jananne Al-Ani, Shadow Sites II (detail), 2011. Courtesy the Artist and Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2011. Photograph Adrian Warren.

The ASU ART MUSEUM and ECHO present A Fluid Resilience, a panel at the VENICE BIENNALE through the Pavilion of Iraq. Panelists include artist Jananne Al-Ani, engineer Azzam Alwash, ASU Art Museum Director Gordon Knox, ASU Museum Studies Director Richard Toon, and Sander van der Leeuw, director of the ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change and the dean of the ASU School of Sustainability.

Anila Rubiku in ASU Art Museum Americas Gallery

We are also pleased to let you know that Anila Rubiku, who was our third artist involved in our Social Studies initiative of social practice residency/exhibitions (2008), will be included in the group exhibition Geopathiesat the Albanian Pavilion during the Biennale. The exhibition, curated by Riccardo Caldura, includes artists Anila Rubiku, Orion Shima, Gentian Shkurti, Eltjon Valle and Driant Zeneli.

image credit: Bill Viola: Buried Secrets, The Greeting, 1995, video sound installation, production still, photo: Kira Perov. Image courtesy of Bill Viola Studio.

The ASU Art Museum has a history with the Venice Biennale, representing the US at the 1995 Biennale with the five room video/sound installation Buried Secrets by artist Bill Viola.

May 18, 2011 at 11:51 pm

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