November 8, 2007 - Americas Society - Artist Talk and Panel Discussion at the Americas Society
November 8, 2007

Artist Talk and Panel Discussion at the Americas Society

Marta Minujín, Simultaneidad en Simultaneidad, 1966. Center for Audiovisual Experimentation, Instituto Torcuato Di Tella. Courtesy of the artist. Right: Waltercio Caldas, courtesy of Christopher Grimes Gallery.

Artist Talk and Panel Discussion at the Americas Society

Americas Society
680 Park Avenue at 68th Street
New York, NY 10021

Artist Talk:
Waltercio Caldas and Kaira Cabañas

Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 PM
Free Admission Reservation required

A conversation with Brazil’s leading artist, Waltercio Caldas and Kaira Cabañas, a Lecturer and Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of Art History and Archeology at Columbia University.
Reception to follow.

Waltercio Caldas is a Rio de Janeiro-based conceptual artist, whose works respond to Neo-Concretism and phenomenology. Caldas has produced an substantial array of sculptures, photographs, drawings and installations that have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, and the São Paulo Bienal among
other venues.

This program will be the opening event for PINTA- the first art fair focused on contemporary Latin American art that will take place in New York City at the Metropolitan Pavilion. PINTA will present a full schedule of special events, performances and screenings, alongside museum-quality programming. The Americas Society will collaborate in the organization of the art fair’s public program series, for a complete schedule please visit

Panel Discussion: Alexander Alberro and Ana Longoni on “Destruction in Argentine Art from the 1960s and 1970s”
Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 p.m.
Free Admission Reservation required

Alexander Alberro and Ana Longoni will discuss the concept of destruction in 1960s and 1970s Argentine experimental Art.

Alberro’s paper entitled “Invention, Destruction, and the Legacy of Concrete Art in 1960s Argentina” will focus on the impact, the legacy that Concrete art had on the Argentinean art scene of the 1960s. Alexander Alberro received a Bachelor’s Degree in1986, a Master’s Degree in Art History in 1990 from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in 1996 from Northwestern University. He is co-editor of Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology (MIT Press, 2000).

Longoni’s presentation will discuss the crucial scenes of the Argentine avant-garde in the 1960s and 1970s. Ana Longoni received a B.A. in Literature, and a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She collaborated in the publication Listen, Here, Now! Argentine Art of the 1960s: Writings of the Avant-Garde (MoMA, NY 2004).

Currently on view
Beginning with a Bang! From Confrontation to Intimacy
An Exhibition of Argentine Contemporary Artists 1960-2007

Guest Curator: Victoria Noorthoorn
September 28, 2007 to January 5, 2008

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12-6 PM

Beginning with a Bang! presents a selection of action-based projects by contemporary artists working in Buenos Aires, as well as a documentary section that provides evidence of the diverse historical foundations of these practices during the 1960s and 1970s.

Exhibition catalogue available through Harvard University Press.

Reservations are required.
Please email: or call (212) 277 8359.

Visitors Info
All listed events are free, open to the public and take place at Americas Society, unless noted otherwise. For wheelchair access, kindly call in advance. We are located at 680 Park Avenue at 68th Street, in New York City. For more information, visit If you have questions or comments, please email us at

About Us
Americas Society is the premier forum dedicated to education, debate and dialogue in the Americas. Our mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship. Americas Society unites opinion leaders to exchange ideas and develop solutions to the challenges facing the Americas today.

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