Above: Julio Le Parc, Cloison a lames réfléchissantes, 1966/2005, steel.
The Palm Springs Art Museum has struck social media gold with their newest exhibition, Kinesthesia: Latin American Kinetic Art, 1954-1969. The exhibition, which opened August 26, is the first to offer an in-depth exploration of the work of pioneering South American artists in the Kinetic Art movement, and though the origins of these works date back to the midcentury, they strike a cord with today’s Instagram-loving masses, offering dramatic movement, color, light and viewer interactivity.
Above: Gregorio Vardanega, Polychromie electronique I, 1965-70, plexiglass, wood, light bulbs, motor.
“Kinetic Art emerged in Europe in the early 20th century with its progenitors employing light, space and motion to create an ethereal, almost sensuous experience for the viewer,” said Elizabeth Armstrong, Palm Springs Art Museum’s JoAnn McGrath Executive Director. “This exhibition serves as an introduction to the Latin American artists who played critical roles in the movement, while simultaneously providing a curatorial case for Kinetic Art as an important medium.”
Above: Gyula Kosice, La ciudad hidroespacial, 1946-1972, acrylic, paint, metal, light.
Kinesthesia begins its survey with the layered “vibrational” works created by Jesús Rafael Soto for the historic Le Mouvement exhibition at Galerie Denise René in Paris (1955) and goes on to explore more than fifty examples by nine artists. The works of internationally well-known figures, such as Carlos Cruz-Diez, Gyula Kosice and Julio Le Parc, along with Martha Boto, Horacio García-Rossi, Alejandro Otero, Abraham Palatnik, and Gregorio Vardánega, will be a new discovery for many viewers in the United States.
Above: Julio Le Parc, Formes en contorsion sur frame, 1966, wood, stainless steel, motors.
The highlight for those seeking an Instagram-able “moment” will be Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Chromosaturation, which was first conceived in 1965 and then adapted in 2017 to the Palm Springs Art Museum’s space. In Chromosaturation, the spectator is invited to enter every part of the room, where they will be bathed in saturated color that will begin to fade after prolonged viewing.
Above: three views of Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Chromosaturation, 1965/2017.
Kinesthesia: Latin American Kinetic Art, 1954-1969 is being presented as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles that is supported by grants from the Getty Foundation and presenting sponsor Bank of America. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California.
Additional funding for Kinesthesia: Latin American Kinetic Art, 1954–1969 is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Palm Springs Art Museum Contemporary Art Council, Erik E. and Edith H. Bergstrom Foundation, Yvonne & Steve Maloney and Patty & Arthur Newman/Newman’s Own Foundation.
Kinesthesia: Latin American Kinetic Art, 1954-1969 is on display at the Palm Springs Art Museum through January 15, 2018.
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