Past Exhibitions

Viewing Room I: Lothar Baumgarten

May 9, 2014



To read the curator's text on A voyage... click here.

First exhibited in Documenta 5 (1972) in Kassel, Germany, this one-day viewing on May 9, 2014 was the first time that this 35mm-slide installation had been presented in New York City. An artist's talk with Baumgarten, introduced by Thomas Bartscherer, Director of the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College, was organized in conjunction with this viewing. 

The Viewing Room series was a charted journey through some of the then recent acquisitions of the contemporary art collection of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. It consisted of a series of events in which a single artwork from the collection was exhibited for a day in conjunction with a public program. Audiences were invited to experience seminal yet rarely seen artworks—in most cases, never before exhibited in New York—and to participate in programs designed to help articulate the working processes and contexts in which these works were created. 

Other Viewing Room events included the presentation of: Looting, 2010, by Regina José Galindo (Guatemala); The Fountain of Prosperity, 2006, by Michael Stevenson (New Zealand); Secrets of the Amazon/Tomo River2011, by Gilda Mantilla and Raimond Chaves (Peru and Colombia); and The Catherwood Project1985-1993, by Leandro Katz (Argentina), including a viewing of original nineteen-century prints by Frederick Catherwood.

Viewing Room was organized by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, former Curator of Contemporary Art at the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, with artist Alejandro Cesarco. The artists whose artworks were presented in these events participated in the conversations leading to the planning of this initiative. On certain occasions, these artists will be present at the public programs. Most times the events engage other members of the artistic community. 


  • Lothar Baumgarten

    A Voyage or ‘With the MS Remscheid on the Amazon’ or the Account of a Voyage Under the Stars of the Refrigerator


    35 mm-slide projection, including 81 glass-slides

    13’ 00"

    The Museum of Modern Art...