This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights Brazilian artist Lygia Clark and the Museum of Modern Art, New York retrospective of her work titled, "Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1949 to 1988." It’s on view through August 24. The exhibition catalogue was published by MoMA.
The show includes nearly 300 works dating from the late 1940s through the early 1980s, including drawings, paintings, sculptures and Clark’s late participatory works. It looks at Clark’s paintings, her hands-on sculptures and her so-called abandonment of art.
The show was curated by Connie Butler, who is now the chief curator at the Hammer Museum and Luis Pérez-Oramas, the guest on the first segment of this week’s program. Pérez-Oramas was the curator of the last Sao Paulo International Biennial. His recent MoMA exhibitions have included “Tangled Alphabets: Leon Ferrari and Mira Schendel” and “Transforming Chronologies: An Atlas of Drawings.”
It’s Bichos day on MANPodcast.com! Fifty of the seventy Bichos or ‘Critters’ that Clark made are included in MoMA’s retrospective. Clark’s Bichos were originally meant to be handled and modified by the viewer, an early kind of artwork that encourages viewer participation. This is Clark’s Relógio de sol [Sundial] (1960) from MoMA’s own collection.