Liliana Porter (b. Argentina, 1941, resides in New York since 1964) works across mediums with printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, video, installation, theater, and public art. Porter began showing her work in 1959 and has since been in over 450 exhibitions in 40 countries. Recent solo shows include those at El Museo de Barrio in New York City; The Perez Art Museum in Miami; Galería Luciana Brito in São Paulo, Brasil; ART OMI in Ghent, NY; Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA; El Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales in Montevideo; Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Franklin Rawson in San Juan, Argentina; Museo de Arte de Zapopan in Guadalajara, Mexico; Sicardi Gallery in Houston, TX; Barbara Krakow Gallery in Boston, MA; and Galerie Mor-Charpentier in Paris, France. Porter's work is featured in the traveling exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960 - 1985 at the Brooklyn Museum, NY and the Hammer in Los Angeles, CA. In 2017 Porter’s work was included in Viva Arte Viva, La Biennale di Venezia, 57th International Art Exhibition in Italy and she debuted Domar al leon y otras dudas, her third theatrical production in June at the 2nd Bienal de Performance, Parque de la Memoria in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Porter's most recent theatrical perfromance, THEM was co-directed with Ana Tiscornia with music by Sylvia Meyer. It debuted in New York at The Kitchen from October 25-26, 2018.
Painting Situations: Sigfredo Chacón and Liliana Porter is the first exhibition of the ISLAA Artist Seminar Initiative at the University of Florida. For this iteration of the program, in the spring of 2022 students of art history and museum studies took part in a seminar led by curator Jesús Fuenmayor on the work of renowned artists Sigfredo Chacón and Liliana Porter. The students subsequently served as members of the curatorial advisory committee to the exhibition.
Painting Situations showcases the work of two pioneers of Latin American Conceptualism. The curators chose to focus on Chacón and Porter’s most emblematic projects: his Pinturasparlantes (Speaking-paintings) and her Forced Labor series. In doing so, the exhibition highlights how, despite each artist’s deployment of radically different aesthetic strategies, the works on view share a common ambition. Each artist’s work critically comments on painting as a medium and as a situation that calls upon viewers’ lived experiences and attention to social contexts. Chacón’s practice focuses on dismantling painting’s modernist programs by inscribing language within its visual field, while Porter turns to the invisible labor of painting and how gender and class intersect beyond its traditional frame.
The presentation is complemented by a second exhibition at the Gary R. Libby Focus Gallery, Más Situaciones: Sigfredo Chacón and Liliana Porter (parts I and II), curated by doctoral candidates Helena Chen and Laura Colkitt as part of the series “On View: Curatorial Studies.” A fully-illustrated catalogue with contributions by the curators and interviews with the artists will be published by University Galleries.
The exhibition program and publication are sponsored by the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) and the School of Art + Art History, University of Florida, Gainesville. Additional event sponsors include the University of Florida's Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History and the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment).
EXHIBITION RELATED PROGRAMMING
October 12, 5–7 PM
Opening of Painting Situations: Sigfredo Chacón and Liliana Porter and Más Situaciones: Sigfredo Chacón and Liliana Porter
October 28, 3 PM
Exhibition tour of Painting Situations: Sigfredo Chacón and Liliana Porter and Más Situaciones (part 1), led by by Laura Colkitt
November 10, 5 PM
Exhibition tour of Painting Situations: Sigfredo Chacón and Liliana Porter and Más Situaciones (part 2), led by Helena Chen
November 16, 5 PM
Exhibition tour of Painting Situations: Sigfredo Chacón and Liliana Porter, led by Jesús Fuenmayor
November 16, 6 PM
Lecture by Sérgio B. Martins: “Art as Project, Project as Art,” College of the Arts, University of Florida, Room FAB 105