Paradoxes of Play: Concrete and Conceptualist Proposals from Brazil and Beyond

Exhibition Dates
November 4 – December 9 2016
Exhibition Location
University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh
This year’s Museum Studies Exhibition Seminar will present conceptualist works from the 1960s and '70s by select artists from Latin America through the lens of different notions of play.

Join us for a closing reception of the exhibition, with guided tours conducted by students, on Friday Dec. 9, from 3-5pm.

Symposium: Living Histories of Contemporary Art: New Media between Latin America and New York in the 1960s–70s
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10am–5:30pm
William W. Posvar Hall 1501, University of Pittsburgh

This scholarly symposium has been organized by Jennifer Josten, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, and Katherine Brodbeck, Associate Curator, Carnegie Museum of Art, to complement two concurrent exhibitions: Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium, on view at Carnegie Museum of Art from Oct. 1, 2016–Jan. 2, 2017, and Paradoxes of Play, organized by Pitt's Museum Studies Exhibition Seminar, which will be on view at the University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building, from Nov. 4–Dec. 9, 2016. 

Participants, including Hélio Oiticica exhibition organizers Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry J. Heinz II Director, Carnegie Museum of Art, and Katherine Brodbeck, Associate Curator, Carnegie Museum of Art; Dr. Andreas Valentin, a Rio de Janeiro-based artist and scholar; and scholar-curators Carla Stellweg (School of Visual Arts, New York), Sarah Montross (deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA), and Aleca Le Blanc (University of California-Riverside), will offer insights into the transnational and transmediated practices of artists such as Jaime Davidovich, Juan Downey, and Hélio Oiticica, with particular attention to exhibitions and other forms of dissemination. The symposium schedule will include a guided tour of Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium, and the University Art Gallery in the Frick Fine Arts Building will have special hours from 10am-5pm on Sat., Nov. 5. 

Please note that the gallery will be closed for Thanksgiving, on November 23, 24 and 25.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to generous support from The Fine Foundation; the Office of Undergraduate Studies from the University of Pittsburgh’s Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences; The Center for Latin American Studies, The University Center for International Studies, and the History of Art and Architecture Department of the University of Pittsburgh.