The Other Transatlantic. Theorizing Kinetic & Op Art in Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America

Conference at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland – October 21-22, 2016


Friday October 21, 2016

16:00 -16:20 – Welcoming Remarks

Joanna Mytkowska, Director Museum of Modern Art Warsaw
Marta Dziewanska, Curator of Research Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw

16:20 – 17:00 – Introduction or An Invitation to Hypothesize

Abigail Winograd, Independent Curator and Curatorial Fellow Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
Dieter Roelstraete, Curator Documenta 14

17:00-19:30 – Keynote Addresses

17:00-18:00 – “Modern synchronies and anachronisms in Latin America”, Ariel Jiménez, Independent Curator, Caracas
18:00-19:00 – “Lumino-Kinetic Arrangement of the Space or the Art of L&M”, Andrzej Turowski, Profesor of Art History, University of Burgundy, Dijon
19:00-19:30 – Q&A

Saturday October 22, 2016

10:30-13:00 – The Political Context (chaired by Dieter Roelstraete)

10:30-11:10 – “Cuban Concrete Art and its Latin American Connection”, Osbel Suárez, Independent Curator, Madrid
11:10-11:50 – “Biennial of Spatial Forms in Elbląg (1965-1973) as a Social Experiment”, Anna Maria Leśniewska, IS PAN, Warsaw
11:50-12:30 – “DVIZHENIE [Movement] Group: Echoes of Avant-Garde. Controversial History of Kinetic Art in the Soviet Union”, Sasha Obukhova, Head of the Research Department of Garage, Moscow
12:30-13:00 – Q&A

13:00-14:00 – Lunch Break

14:00-16:30 – Technology and the Collective Imagination (chaired by Daniel Muzyczuk)

14:00-14:40 – “The Constructive Connection and Peripheral Modernity in former Yugoslavia and Latin America”, Armin Medosch, Artist, Writer, and Curator, Vienna
14:40-15:20 – “The Resurgence of Science Fiction in Latin America in the Space Race/Atomic Age”, Rachel Haywood Ferreira, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Culture at Iowa State University, US
15:20-16:00 – “The Sigma Experience”, Attila Tordai-S., Independent Curator and Writer, Cluj
16:00-16:30 – Q&A

16:30-17:00 – Coffee Break

17:00 -19:30 – Theoretical Frameworks and the Role of Diaspora (chaired by Abigail Winograd)

17:00-17:40 – “Kinetic Art and Latin America: Some international circuits and dialogues”, Daniel Garza Usabiaga, Curator and Researcher, Artistic Director of Zona Maco, the contemporary art fair in Mexico City
17:40-18:20 – “Op and Kinetic Art in Poland circa 1965: An Exercise in Belonging”, Magdalena Moskalewicz, Art Historian, Curator, School of
the Art Intitute of Chicago, US
18:20-19:00 – “Nonobjects and Quasi-objects: Notes on a Research Agenda at the Edge of Modernity”, Monica Amor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, & Critical Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art, US
19:00-19:30 – Q&A

19:30-20:15 – Conclusions


Geometric Abstraction in the Americas: Carmen Herrera and her art worlds



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

6:00 PM in the Lecture Hall
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
1 East 78th Street

The exhibition CARMEN HERRERA: LINES OF SIGHT is on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art until January 2, 2017. To celebrate this remarkable survey of thirty years of this Cuban-born New York based artist’s work we invite you to join art historians Alejandro Anreus (William Paterson University) and Pepe Karmel (New York University) as well as the distinguished abstract painter and long-time friend of Carmen Herrera, Tony Bechara to discuss her art and larger issues related to geometric abstraction in the twentieth century and into today. Professor Edward Sullivan will moderate and discuss Herrera’s art in a Latin American context.