(New York, USA)
In 1917, Marcel Duchamp created a work that revolutionized art history. A men’s urinal signed by a fictitious artist (a certain “R. Mutt”, who was none other than Duchamp himself), the “Fountain” inaugurated the tradition of appropriation – or the “borrowing” of pre-manufactured objects – in art.
A century later, the practice is more alive than ever. Seen as a way to “confound conventions of time and space and question narratives of history, art, and progress,” it guides “Copy, Translate, Repeat”, which opens next Friday, February 7th, at 205 Hudson Gallery. The group show features a selection of works from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (the most numerous one to be exhibited in the US, in fact) and was curated by Professor Harper Montgomery together with 12 students enrolled in the Hunter College MA and MFA in Advanced Curatorial Certificate courses.
With varied tactics, the participating artists (amongst whom is Jonathas de Andrade) repeat and copy art historical and archival sources, literary texts, and objects made far away and long ago. Examples range from Waltercio Caldas’ version of Velázquez’s “Las Meninas”, which imagines what the canonic painting would look like if it was empty, to Jorge Macchi’s “Vidas paralelas”, which poses the question of what is original and what is copied by presenting two panes of glass that have apparently shattered in identical patterns. In one way or another, if they are all devoted to repeating already extant works and images, they are also dedicated to exploring the cracks, the potential veins of growth and expansion, exploration and discovery, that always existed within the “originals.” See some of the artworks showcased in the exhibition:
“Copy, Translate, Repeat”
Curated by Professor Harper Montgomery and students enrolled in the Hunter College MA and MFA in Advanced Curatorial Certificate
On view from February 7th through April 1st
205 Hudson Gallery
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