The Americas Society
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Forma: Brazil
dal 28/5/2001 al 29/6/2001
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Forma: Brazil

The Americas Society, New York

The exhibition (May 29-July 29) will consist of site-specific installations by Iran do Espírito Santo and Rivane Neuenschwander, two of Brazil’s most promising artists. Although both artists work in very contemporary international visual languages, their concerns with issues of temporality and permanence, poetry and illusion, can be traced back to the formal innovations and experimental spirit of the 1940s and 1950s in Brazil.

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The Americas Society is pleased to announce the second exhibition of FORMA: BRAZIL, a five-month exploration of contemporary Brazil. Iran do Espírito Santo and Rivane Neuenschwander will present installations in The Americas Society gallery. Both artists create spare and ephemeral works that recall not only American Minimalism, but also the innovative and experimental art of the Concrete and Neo-Concrete movements in Brazil in the 1950s and 1960s.

The work of Iran do Espírito Santo (b. 1963, Mococa, São Paulo) may be characterized by a subtle shifting of the relationship between material and object. By reproducing wood grain in paint on a gallery wall, or fusing different types of glass to create the illusion of depths and recessions where there are none, his work creates a discomfiting uncertainty about the status and value of objects.

Espírito Santo has been included in InSite in San Diego and Tijuana in 1997; the Venice Biennale in 1999; and No es sólo lo que ves: Pervirtiendo el Minimalismo at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid in 2000.

His most recent solo project in the United States took place at The Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia last year. At The Americas Society, Espírito Santo will combine a site-specific wall drawing with sculptural floor elements. Gary Garrels has written that in the artist’s work, "experience is inextricably linked to self-conscious processes of perception, the connection of the eye and the mind seamlessly sealed but made evident".

Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967, Belo Horizonte) examines the passing of time, whether through the traces of dust on Scotch tape that make minimal abstract patterns, or garlic skins emptied over time. The centerpiece of Neuenschwander’s exhibition at The Americas Society will be a labyrinth constructed of cardboard boxes through which the visitor may walk and trace the linguistic play of a crossword puzzle.

She will also present a new film work entitled World/Word. Neuenschwander’s work has been seen at the São Paulo Bienal in 1998, Looking for a Place at Site Santa Fe in 1999; and No es sólo lo que ves: Pervirtiendo el Minimalismo at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid in 2000. In an interview with Jens Hoffman, published in the brochure accompanying this exhibition Neuenschwander states that her work presents "associations between language, nature, and a state of temporality".

Forma: Brazil PROGRAMS

Thursday, May 24, 7:30 pm:

MUSICIANS ACCORD An evening of contemporary Brazilian chamber music, including compositions by Villa-Lobos, Gismonti, and others. Laura Kaminsky, Artistic Director; Kathleen Nester, flute; Ted Mook, cello; and Amy Rubin, piano. For Ticket reservations call 212.249.8950 x463.

Thursday, May 31, 6:30 pm:

Conversations on Contemporary Art Conversations between Iran do Espírito Santo and John Paul Ricco, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism, Texas Tech University; and between Rivane Neuenschwander and Nico Israel, Assistant Professor, Twentieth Century Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, and Visual Culture, Hunter College, City University of New York. For information, or to reserve a seat, call 212.249.8950, x383.

Forma: Brazil is a five-month series of art, literature, music, and policy programs at The Americas Society.

Admission: members free; Gallery $3, students and seniors $2; Concerts $15, students and seniors $10; Programs $5, students and seniors $3

The Americas Society Gallery is open 12–6 pm, closed Mondays and Holidays.

Photographs available.
For more information, please call 212.249.8950, x392, or e-mail the Gallery at

The Americas Society makes its programs accessible to people with disabilities. Please call to make arrangements for special needs.

Forma: Brazil is made possible by Banco Itaú, Bankboston: a Fleetboston Financial Company; and Marcos de Moraes. Additional support was provided by the Consulate General of Brazil, New York, Varig Brazilian Airlines, and Artpace: a Foundation for contemporary art, San Antonio.

Image: Rivane Neuenschwander, "Pertence. Não Pertence (Belongs. Does Not Belong.), " 2000 (all rights reserved)

Opening Tuesday, May 29, 6:00-8:00 pm

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