October 3, 2007 - Americas Society - Artist’s Talk with Roberto Jacoby
October 3, 2007

Artist’s Talk with Roberto Jacoby

Roberto Jacoby, Proyecto Venus, 2001-2006. Paper “Venus” currency developed for project. Image courtesy of the artist.

Artist’s Talk
Roberto Jacoby

Wednesday, October 10, 2007
6 p.m.

Americas Society
680 Park Avenue
New York, NY, USA

Free Admission

Buenos Aires-based artist Roberto Jacoby participated in the Centro de Artes Visuales of the Instituto Di Tella. In 1966 he co-published the “Primer Manifiesto de Arte de los Medios”. He also took part in “Tucumán arde” and has produced various performances, events and happenings. He is currently participating in the exhibition Beginning with a Bang! on view at the Americas Society until January 5th. Jacoby will discuss his numerous diverse projects and collaborations over the course of his career. The artist’s talk will be introduced by New York based artist and critic Nicolás Guagnini, who is a founding member of Orchard Gallery. Reception to follow.

Almost all of Roberto Jacoby’s work has been collaborative. In 1966, he proposed a dematerialized art genre that made use of social material, the mass media, and various communication structures; the first of these works was produced by the group arte de los medios. In Mensaje en el Di Tella (1968), he formulated art as the “design of new life forms.” In 1969, after the Tucuman Arde communications campaign and the publication of the clandestine magazine Sobre, he gave up working in the visual arts and instead investigated social conflict and political epistemology. In the 1980′s, he wrote songs for the pop group Virus and organized multimedia parties and shows, among others, for the Club Social Deportivo y Cultural Eros, an anti-discotheque movement in neighborhood clubs. Later, he developed and promoted Fabulous Nobodies, a productless brand, and Yo tengo sida, an anti-discrimination campaign. Since 1998, he has been involved in conceiving and developing networks of artists and non-artists, such as the online database Bola de Nieve, the Chacra99 workshop, the magazine Ramona, the Proyecto Venus micro-society, He published the novel Moncada with Jorge Di Paola and the booklet OrgÌa. In 2001 he held his first solo show at the GalerÌa Belleza y Felicidad. He presented Darkroom, a performance for infrared rays and a single viewer, at that same gallery, and subsequently in MALBA in 2005. He also started CulÌsimo, an ongoing project on prisons as language factories. In 2006, he created Darkroom III, an audiovisual installation for four viewers at the 29th Pontevedra Art Biennial.

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

The exhibition proposes a movement between two artistic scenarios and is organized into two distinct sections. The first, a selection of action-based projects by Buenos Aires-based artists: 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. The second, a documentary section organized as a timeline from 1956 to 1976 that focuses on actions and performing gestures 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 others

Exhibition catalogue available through Harvard University Press.

Upcoming Public Programs:
Vis-à-vis: Dialogues between Artists and Curators from the Western Hemisphere with Analia Segal and Deborah Cullen
Thursday , October 25, 6:00 p.m. This program is co-organized with El Museo del Barrio.
Vis-á-vis: Dialogues between Artists and Curators from the Western Hemisphere: Teresa Margolles and Maura Reilly
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Panel Discussion: Alex Alberro and Ana Longoni on “Destruction in Argentine Art from the 1960s and 1970s”
Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 p.m.

Reservations are required
Please email culture@americas-society.org or call (212) 277 8359

We gratefully acknowledge the following donors for their generous support: Teresa de Bulgheroni; Banco Hipotecario; Falcon Properties; Fundación arteBA; Fundación Exportar, Secretary of Trade and International Economic Relations, Argentina; HaudenschildGarage, Eloisa and Chris Haudenschild; Pinta-Art, LLC; and Alejandro Quentin.

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