Curated by Marianne Ramírez Aponte, the exhibition features the work of the conceptual artist Leopoldo Maler including performance, installations and pictorial work, executed from 1971 to the present.
Maler opens the show with 15 Respuestas Ingrávidas, a performance first realized at the Casa de Bastidas in the Dominican Republic in 1987. Suspended from a chair approximately three-story high, Maler responds to fifteen questions from the audience. The answers, which have been previously recorded, are verbalized through speakers. Simultaneously, a sign language performer creates a visual translation of the recorded voice. At the same time, a trumpeter hidden behind Maler plays a note when he considers the question too banal. In this game, Maler chooses to hold a dialogue about art conducted with the same systemic approach that determines the creative process: chance.
Also on view is Metrobolismo, a project executed in 2005 in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. For this project, Maler presented an urban choreography of white, red, and yellow vehicles. While a local radio station transmitted instructions on the precise movement of the cars, TV camera teams onboard a helicopter documented the event and broadcasted it live.
In Primer Testimonio, 1974, another highlight of the exhibition, Maler presents an editorial room filled with old Underwood typewriters that utter flames in the place of words. With this political piece, the artist pays homage to his uncle, who practiced journalism and 'disappeared' during the military dictatorship in Argentina.
Born in Argentina, Maler moved to London in 1961, where he started to experiment with his new ideas about mixed media, integrating films into sculptures and installations. In 1977 he was granted a Guggenheim fellowship and moved to New York. Maler has represented Argentina in the XIV International Biennial of Sao Paulo - where he received the First Grand Prix - and in the 1986 Venice Biennale. He has exhibited extensively throughout the world, including the Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Hayward Galleries, London; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; and Hara Museum, Tokyo.
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