January 27, 2017

Blog: Symposium to Touch upon Political Representation, Surveillance and Social Activism through Julio Le Parc’s Kinetic Art

IT IS FORBIDDEN NOT TO PARTICIPATE is a symposium on February 4 that will take place under the framework of Le Parc’s most recent exhibition, Julio Le Parc: Form into Action, which I had the pleasure and honor to curate in Miami and is currently on view at Pérez Art Museum Miami through March 19, 2017.

Dozens of men stepping on boxes in a black and white photo
GRAV, Une journée dans la rue: dalles mobiles (A Day in the Street: moving pavers), Montparnasse, Paris, April 19, 1966. Photo: Atelier Le Parc. © 2016 Julio Le Parc / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

​"The symposium will give participants and audience alike an opportunity to reflect on aesthetic engagement as US political leadership becomes increasingly autocratic."

As a founding member of the artist collective Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV)—an artist collective active in Paris from 1960 to 1968—Le Parc’s collaborative projects challenged museum spaces and audiences. Through interactive works, experiments in perception, and spontaneous playful actions, Le Parc’s artistic practice relates to the legacy of kinetic art, political representation, surveillance and social activism.

Comprised of more than 100 works produced by Le Parc between 1958 and 2013, including large-scale installations and rarely seen works on paper, the exhibition delves into the artist’s groundbreaking innovations in the fields of light, movement and perception, developed over the course of a sixty-year career.

In this symposium, Guggenheim Curator and Art Historian Valerie Hillings and Mexican-Canadian electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will examine the concept of interactive and participatory works. These will be looked at as they relate to Le Parc’s concepts of soliciting the public’s self-awareness through movement. Creative Time’s Chief Curator Nato Thompson and activist artist Andrea Bowers will discuss present-day ideas of the politics of participation. The symposium will give participants and audience alike an opportunity to reflect on aesthetic engagement as US political leadership becomes increasingly autocratic.

See symposium schedule

About Guest Curator Estrellita B. Brodsky​
A headshot of Estrellita Brokdsky sitting

Estrellita B. Brodsky, Ph.D., is an independent Curator and scholar. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (2009), and completed her dissertation, Latin American Artists in Post-World War II Paris: Jesús Soto and Julio Le Parc, for which she received the Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in the Field of Latin American visual culture from the Association of Latin American Art. Brodsky has worked with and written on Julio Le Parc beginning in the early 2000s when she began research for her dissertation. In 2012, she curated the exhibition on Venezuelan kinetic artist, Jesús Soto: Paris and Beyond, 1950-1970 at New York University Grey Gallery and in 2008 Carlos Cruz-Diez: (In)formed by Color at the Americas Society in New York, the first United States retrospective exhibition of the artist Cruz-Diez. Brodsky has taught on Post War Latin American Artists at Hunter College. More recently she curated a solo exhibition on Le Parc in São Paulo Brazil, Una búsqueda permanente: Julio Le Parc. and a group exhibition, Bearing Witness: Art and Resistance in Cold War Latin America at John Jay College for Criminal Justice. Brodsky has also founded ANOTHER SPACE as a not-for-profit initiative in Chelsea that investigates the contributions made by Latin American artists within an international context.