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Rave Review of Exhibit at Hunter College: Harper Montgomery Curator

Curator Harper Montgomery
Curator Harper Montgomery

If you haven’t yet gotten to Hunter College for the “Open Work in Latin America, New York & Beyond: Conceptualism Reconsidered, 1967-1978” curated by Harper Montgomery, it’s time to run before it closes. As the New York Times said about the exhibit,

“It’s refreshing to find collaborative work, rare in egocentric New York these days, and poetry, preserved on a tape of intercontinental readings recorded by Eduardo Costa and John Perreault in 1969. And there’s a take-away bonus in the form of a stylish catalog with valuable essays by City University of New York graduate students: Liz Donato, Kevin Kelly, Dominika Ksel, Rebecca Major, Jeremiah W. McCarthy, Hallie Scott, Jieun Seo and Gillian Sneed.”

The exhibit includes American-born artists like Mel Bochner, Joseph Kosuth and Sol LeWitt. It also incorporates work by Los Angeles-based Ed Ruscha and Donald Burgy of Massachusetts. As the article explains about Harper Montgomery’s choices, “What’s nice is that more than equal time is awarded to Latin Americans, like the Brazilian Hélio Oiticica, who visited New York, and others – Jaime Davidovich, Rafael Ferrer, Liliana Porter – who settled here.”

In addition, Harper Montgomery, professor of Modern and contemporary Latin American art at Hunter, has focused on artists who were largely in Latin America and who are only just beginning to get the international attention that they deserve.

The exhibit is at the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College through May 5.


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