Talk + Performance: A panel discussion on the rise and development of Chilean conceptual art will be followed with a performance-lecture by poet and conceptual artist Raúl Zurita and visual artist Cristóbal Lehyt.
A foundational figure in Chilean poetry and conceptual art, Zurita is best known for his poetry interventions, and installations reference bodies that are absent yet omnipresent, often drawing on local figures and conditions of the early years of the Pinochet dictatorship. Working in collaboration with Lehyt, an artist of a later generation, the performance-lecture transposes Zurita’s texts onto the present through a live reading and the creation of a new wall drawing by Lehyt made in response to them. While Zurita recites two poems—one from before the dictatorship, one from after—a live-stream projection will depict a performer tracing Lehyt’s drawings onto a gallery wall in the Carpenter Center. These simultaneous, yet physically distanced actions raise questions about the interpretation of artistic legacy over time, and emphasize the difficulty of expressing the specific context of 1970s Chile to an audience that did not experience first hand. The wall drawing will remain on display in the Sert Gallery as part of the exhibition Embodied Absence: Chilean Art of the 1970s Now.
Following an introduction by Professor Tom Cummins, a panel featuring curator Liz Munsell, Professor Sergio Delgado, and Fellow José Falconi will present on the multiyear and multivocal interdisciplinary research project on the origins of conceptual art in Chile, Conceptual Stumblings, supported by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard.
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