The haudenschildGarage supported the exhibition Beginning with a Bang! From Confrontation to Intimacy: Argentine Contemporary Artists 1960-2007 on view at the Americas Society, New York from September 28 - January 5, 2008.

Beginning with a Bang! From Confrontation to Intimacy, curated by Victoria Noorthoorn, was an exhibition that mapped the historical scenario of specific breakthroughs in contemporary art in 1960s Buenos Aires. It included documents by Eduardo Costa, Raúl Escari, Alberto Greco, Roberto Jacoby, Oscar Masotta, Marta Minujín, and Federico Manuel Peralta Ramos, among others; as well as works by contemporary artists: Marina De Caro, Ana Gallardo, Graciela Hasper, Roberto Jacoby and Syd Krochmalny, Fabio Kacero (in collaboration with Union Gaucha), Fernanda Laguna, Patricio Larrambebere, Eduardo Navarro, Leandro Tartaglia and Judi Werthein. Exhibition catalogue is available through Harvard University Press.


Exhibition Opening

Beginning with a Bang! proposes a movement between two artistic scenarios and is organized into two distinct sections. The first, a selection of action-based projects by artists working in Buenos Aires; the second, a documentary section exploring the rich historical foundations that link these projects to the 1960s and 1970s.

The historical section is organized as a timeline from 1956 to 1976 that focuses on immediate actions and performing gestures of destruction and dematerialization that sought to confront and transform the art system during this time. In the timeline, the viewers will be able to access information on specific gestures and projects by Alberto Greco, Marta Minujín, Roberto Jacoby, the mass media art group (Eduardo Costa and Roberto Jacoby, Raúl Escari, and Juan Risuleo), Pablo Suárez, and Federico Manuel Peralta Ramos among many others.

The contemporary section presents installations, performance projects and films that together propose a "politics of intimacy," by: Marina De Caro; Ana Gallardo; Graciela Hasper; Roberto Jacoby, in collaboration with Syd Krochmalny; Fabio Kacero; Fernanda Laguna; Patricio Larrambebere; Eduardo Navarro; Leandro Tartaglia; and Judi Werthein.


Curatorial Dialogue

Artists Roberto Jacoby, Marta Minujín, Judi Werthein, and Marina De Caro will discuss issues related to the curatorial thread conceived by Victoria Noorthoorn. Moderated by Daniel Quiles.


Argentine Literature, Culture and Society

(With Spanish and English presentations)

Essayist Jorge Monteleone and literary critic Gabriela Nouzeilles (Princeton University), both contributors to Review 75 (Fall 2007, Argentine writing/arts), will engage in a discussion reflecting on the construction of Argentina’s complex identity through its culture, history, landscape, and other signifiers. Moderated by scholar Raúl Antelo (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil), Guest Academic Editor of Review 75.

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