Brazilian Performance Art, 1960s to 1980s: An Aesthetics of the Margins
A lecture by Claudia Calirman
Lygia Pape, "Divisor", 1968
A lecture by Claudia Calirman is the second event as part of "Off hinge / off-center. Alternative histories for 20th century performance" series.
This talk will explore how in the period from the 1960s through the 1980s, prominent Brazilian artists opted out of mainstream ideology and politics, rejecting bourgeois values as they affirmed their individual expression and defined an experimental artistic practice. They took up the term “marginality,” claiming that their work existed at the margins of society, both apart and alienated from the social established order.
Claudia Calirman is Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, in the Department of Art and Music and at the Macaulay Honors Program. She is a 2013 recipient of the Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation. She is the author of Brazilian Art under Dictatorship: Antonio Manuel, Artur Barrio, and Cildo Meireles (Duke University Press, 2012), which received the 2013 Arvey Book Award for best book of the year by the Association for Latin American Art. She was the chief curator at Location One, a non-for-profit organization for artists’ international residencies in New York City (2010-2013).