As an associated program with the Helio Labs, Dr. Irene V. Small will speak about her recent book Hélio Oiticica: Folding the Frame (University of Chicago Press, 2016), which examines the emergence of a participatory art paradigm in mid-1960s Brazil. Dr. Small is Assistant Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, where she currently holds the Harold Willis Dodds Presidential University Preceptorship. This event is presented in partnership with the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.
Dr. Irene V. Small teaches modern and contemporary art and criticism with a transnational focus and is an associated faculty member of the Programs in Latin American Studies, Media & Modernity, and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Princeton University. Her research interests include historical and neo-avant-gardes; modernism in a global context, particularly Brazil and Latin America; abstraction; temporalities of art; problems of methodology and interpretation; relationality and the social implications of form. Her book, Hélio Oiticica: Folding the Frame (University of Chicago Press, 2016), examines the emergence of a participatory art paradigm in mid-1960s Brazil, and was supported by the Creative Capital and Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, the Getty Foundation, the Dedalus Foundation, and the Barr Ferree Fund. Her essays and criticism have appeared in publications including Artforum, October, Art Asia Pacific, Getty Research Journal, Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, Third Text, and numerous exhibition catalogues. As a curator, she organized Verbivocovisual: Brazilian Concrete Poetry at Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University in 2006, co-curated Multitude at Artists Space, New York, in 2002, and Blind Field at the Krannert Art Museum and Eili and Edyth Broad Museum, in 2013.
Beginning February 18, 2017, the Art Institute of Chicago will present Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium, the first U.S. retrospective of the the artist's groundbreaking achievements, from early works influenced by European Modernism to large-scale installations meant to be experienced. Running through May 7, 2017, the highly anticipated exhibition will be accompanied by a host of engaging lectures and performances.