Viewing Room I: Lothar Baumgarten

May 9, 2014

A Voyage or 'With the MS Remscheid on the Amazon’ or the Account of a Voyage Under the Stars of the Refrigerator1968­–1972

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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 has 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. 

Viewing Room is a charted journey through some of the recent acquisitions of the contemporary art collection of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. It consists of a series of events in which a single artwork from the collection is exhibited for a day in conjunction with a public program. Audiences are 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. 

Forthcoming Viewing Room events include the presentation of: Secrets from the Amazons/Tomo River, 2011, by Gilda Mantilla and Raimond Chaves (Peru and Colombia); The Catherwood Project, 1985-1993, by Leandro Katz (Argentina), including a viewing of original nineteen-century prints by Frederick Catherwood; and Looking, 2010, by Regina José Galindo (Guatemala). 

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Viewing Room is organized by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, curator of contemporary art at the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, with artist Alejandro Cesarco. The artists whose artworks are 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.