Gabriela Rangel to speak on the Venezuelan Neo-Avant-Garde

Gabriela Rangel to speak on the Venezuelan Neo-Avant-Garde

Hunter College

“Armed Assault to the Museum: Five Masterpieces were Stolen,” newspaper clipping from El Nacional, Thursday January 17, 1963. Image courtesy Gabriela Rangel.
March 13, 2013
Gabriela Rangel to speak on the Venezuelan Neo-Avant-Garde

Three Self-Destructive Strategies of Venezuelan
Neo-Avant-Garde from 1962 to 1973

Wednesday March 20, 7pm

Hunter College
695 Park Avenue (at Lexington Ave.)
15th floor of Hunter North Building
New York, NY 10065

RSVP at [email protected]

After Fidel Castro’s visit to Caracas in 1959, the merging of art and politics became an urgent goal for leftist groups. This lecture will focus on three different actions that strove to destroy the status quo using agitprop methods. The theft of five paintings by Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Braque by a division of Foquista guerrillas in exchange for political prisoners in 1962. The collaboration of a group of artists and writers with Jacobo Borges in the multimedia event “Imagen de Caracas” in 1967–68. And, the propaganda campaign for the MAS (Movimiento al Socialismo) launched by Borges and his collaborators, which appropriated the image of the popular saint Jose Gregorio Hernández and transformed him into a political candidate.

Gabriela Rangel is the Director of Visual Arts and Curator at the Americas Society, New York. She was previously a film curator at the Fundación Cinemateca Nacional in Caracas, curator at the Museo Alejandro Otero, and assistant curator at the Museum Fine Arts Houston. She is a frequent writer on contemporary art, including for publications such as Trans and Parkett.

Join us for this talk and reception in celebration of Open Work: Latin America, New York, and Beyond: Conceptualism Reconsidered, 1967–1978 currently on view in The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue through May 4, 2013.

Hunter College is deeply grateful to the following donors, whose generous support has made this exhibition and its accompanying programming possible, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and The Bershad Exhibition Fund.

For more information about related events organized by students at Hunter College, and for information about Hunter College’s Department of Art and Art History and its initiatives supported by the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, go to:

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