Juan Downey: Radiant Nature @ Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles [13 September]

Juan Downey: Radiant Nature

19:00 - 22:00

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Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
6522 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
Juan Downey: Radiant Nature
Curated by Robert Crouch and Ciara Ennis

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and Pitzer College Art Galleries

LACE: September 13–December 3, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 13, 7-10 p.m.

Pitzer: September 9–December 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9, 3-5 p.m.

Juan Downey: Radiant Nature, a new joint exhibition by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and Pitzer College Art Galleries, brings to life interactive works by the Chilean-born artist Juan Downey (1940–93) that haven’t been witnessed for generations. Drawing on groundbreaking research, Radiant Nature features Downey’s Electronic Sculptures (1967–71); Happenings and Performances (1968¬–75); and Life Cycle Installations (1970¬–73). Conceived as vehicles for interactivity,
work are intended to be played with or participated in rather than passively observed.

Born in Chile in 1940, Downey eventually settled in New York City, where he developed a practice that included sculpture, performance, installation and video. In the ’70s, he became known for his multi-channel video works such as Video Trans Americas (1973–76) and The Thinking Eye (1976–77), which critique Eurocentric views of Latin American identity. With support from the Getty, Ennis and Crouch spent three years researching his earlier, often ephemeral works that pre-date Video Trans Americas.

— Juan Downey: Radiant Nature is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin America and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California.

Major support for Juan Downey: Radiant Nature is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

The exhibition is also generously supported by Dirección de Asuntos Culturales, DIRAC, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Embassy of Chile; Pasadena Art Alliance; Estrellita B. Brodsky; and Consulate General of Chile in Los Angeles.

In-kind support is provided by Human Resources Los Angeles.

The exhibition is organized by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and Pitzer College Art Galleries.

— Image: Performance view of «Energy Fields» at 112 Greene Street, New York (1972).
Performers include: Carmen Beuchat, Caroline Gooden, Suzanne Harris, Rachel Lew, Barbara Lloyd (Dilley), Gordon Matta-Clark, Judith Padow, Gerald Schieber and Juan Downey.
Documentation photograph, 8 x 10 in. (21 x 26 cm.)
Image Credit: The Estate of Juan Downey, New York
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