Archive for 2009
Lacan in the Americas
A Roundtable Discussion
Nov 18, 2009

Roberto Jacoby is an Argentine artist whose artwork in the 1960s defined a branch of “new media” conceptual art, one informed by the writings of French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, a full decade before such aesthetic experiments were made in the Northern Hemisphere.  During Jacoby’s hiatus from the art world in the 1980s, he was the lyricist for the Argentine new wave band “Virus.”  In 1968: el culo te abrocho Jacoby superimposes those lyrics upon digital reprints of archival documents related to his activities at the Instituto Di Tella in Buenos Aries In the year 1968.  Taken together, the political posters and lyrical texts provoke us to reflect upon the utopian, poetic hopes that characterized the global cultural revolution of the 1960s and to ask what that legacy might mean...


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1968: el culo te abrocho
A Solo Project by Roberto Jacoby, Curated by Juli Carson
Oct 01, 2009 to Nov 21, 2009

The UAG continues its Major Work of Art Series with Roberto Jacoby’s 1968: el culo te abrocho.  Jacoby is an Argentine artist whose artwork in the 1960s defined a branch of “new media” conceptual art a full decade before such aesthetic experiments were made in the Northern Hemisphere.  Along with his colleagues Oscar Masotta, Eduardo Costa and Raúl Escari, Jacoby led experiments in “social oriented” Conceptualism at the Instituto Di Tella in Buenos Aires.  One of their most important interventions was Total Participation Happening, which consisted of a feature picked up by the local press about a series of Happenings that the group staged for the camera but, in fact, never took place.  During Jacoby’s hiatus from the art world in the 1980s, he was the lyricist...


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Clandestine Cinema: The Hour of the Furnaces
Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino
Oct 01, 2009 to Nov 21, 2009

In conjunction with Roberto Jacoby’s 1968: el culo te abrocho, the UAG will feature the continuous screening of Fernando Solanas' and Octavio Getino’s The Hour of the Furnaces.  This legendary 1968 documentary, about the post-war struggle against neo-colonialism in Argentina, quotes Che Guevara who famously said, "Now is the time of the furnaces, and only light should be seen."  As Paul A. Schroeder, author of Tomás Gutiérrez Alea: The Dialectics of a Filmmaker, notes the film was shot clandestinely between 1966 and 1968, during the initial stages of what would come to be known as Argentina’s infamous “dirty war.”  It was also screened clandestinely, to sympathetic audiences of workers, anarchists and revolutionaries who would regularly interrupt the projectio...


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Suspended Projection
A solo project by D'Ette Nogle, curated by Jesse Benson and Becky Koblick
Oct 01, 2009 to Nov 21, 2009

Continuing its Emerging Artist Series, Room Gallery presents Suspended Projection, a multi-media installation by D´Ette Nogle.  Beginning with its title, the project reflects upon the literal use of a suspended video projection as well as the psychoanalytic notion of a melancholic projection onto the past.  Informed by the legacies of Conceptualism and Feminism, Nogle’s projects produce complex juxtapositions.  For Suspended Projection, she presents video illustrating what she - the artist - “was-going-to-do” during several years of non-production.  What viewers consequently encounter are the fits and starts of partial and/or altered photographic, sculptural, painted and printed realizations of past intimations.  Building upon Rosalind Krauss’s assertion that...


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