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Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami

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Performance by Cecilia Vicuña

Participatory improvisational performance by the artist, the creation of a living quipu. Inspired by the ancient Andean tradition of “talking knots,” the living quipu will celebrate tactile knowledge and interconnections across the cosmos. This performance is a dynamic form of storytelling in which unspun wool and language weave a vibrant matrix of connections and possibility.

Followed by a conversation with the artist

Cecilia Vicuña and exhibition co-curators Andrea Andersson, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the CAC and Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor, University of California, Berkeley will unpack ideas and contexts informing the artist’s process through a conversation in MOCA’s Pavilion Gallery.

Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, curated by Andrea Andersson and Julia Bryan-Wilson

November 26, 2019 – March 29, 2020

The first major US solo exhibition of the influential Chilean-born artist, Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen presents performance, sculpture, drawing, video, text, and site-specific installation from the artist’s practice since the late 1960s. The work on view reframes dematerialization as more than a formal consequence of 1960s conceptualism, as it is commonly understood, but as a formal consequence of radical climate change as well—and in both cases—as a process that shapes public memory and responsibility. Working within the overlapping discourses of conceptual art, land art, poetry, and feminist art practices, Vicuña has long refused categorical distinctions, operating fluidly between concept and craft, text and textile. The exhibition features a large selection of Vicuña’s precario sculptures produced over the last four decades that feature found objects in lyrical juxtaposition, as well as a monumental structure created out of collectively scavenged materials from the ever-diminishing Louisiana coast. Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long practice to stage a conversation about discarded and displaced materials, people, and landscapes in a time of global climate change.


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