“Invention over Imitation”: Modernism in 1940s Argentina
March 5, 2011
Mary Schneider Enriquez, Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums
This lecture will explore the emergence of modernism in Argentina during a decade of political turbulence and the Peron dictatorship, so vocally intolerant of “aesthetic innovation.” Grupo Madí, Arte Concreto-Invención, and other groups championed a visual language of abstraction and experimentation and covertly disseminated manifestos in the streets of Buenos Aires. The speaker will consider their influences, their pathbreaking works, and the societal roles they deemed art should play.
In the Modernism Comes to the Americas, 1940–1960 series, three curators from the Harvard Art Museums will speak about the ways in which modernism spread from Paris to the Americas during World War II through the efforts of pioneering collectors and critics.
Free admission. Open to the public.