currently on display in 'suprasensorial - experiments in light, color, and space'
at the hirshhorn museum and sculpture garden through 5.13.2012 (recommended visit!)
stunning photo documentation by nord wennerstrom:
the hirshhorn presents suprasensorial: experiments in light, color, and space, the first exhibition to reevaluate the evolution of the international light and space movement through the work of five pivotal latin american artists: carlos cruz-diez (b. caracas, venezuela, 1923), lucio fontana (b. rosario, argentina, 1899; d. varese, italy, 1968), julio le parc (b. mendoza, argentina, 1928), hélio oiticica (b. rio de janeiro, brazil, 1937; d. rio de janeiro, 1980), and jesús rafael soto (b. ciudad bolívar, venezuela, 1923; d. paris, france, 2005).
the light and space movement is often considered as emerging in the united states in the late 1960s and 1970s. almost a decade earlier, latin american artists were creating environments of light and color that challenged traditional standards of art as a static experience. by developing large-scale, multimedia constructions of light, color, and space, these artists actively engaged viewers in a physical process of exploring the possibilities of visual and spatial perceptions, forging new object-viewer relationships. the five installations that make up suprasensorial: experiments in light, color, and space—heretofore known only to a small number of people—create enveloping optical effects that overwhelm and transform sensory experience and demonstrate latin america as a source of innovation for the global light and space tradition.
photos copyright © nord wennerstrom via nord on art blog