Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space is the first museum exhibition to situate pioneering Latin American artists among the international canon of those working with light and space. This exhibition aims to illuminate the field by expanding the dialogue surrounding light and space practices in contemporary visual art beyond the California tradition of the late 1960s and ’70s to include pivotal Latin American impulses expressed more than a decade earlier.
Organized by MOCA Curator Alma Ruiz, the exhibition will position Latin America as the source of new ideas about the nature and function of art through the re-creation of important large-scale installations by five highly regarded and influential artists: Carlos Cruz-Diez, Venezuela (b. 1923); Lucio Fontana, Argentina (1899–1968); Julio Le Parc, Argentina (1928); Hélio Oiticica, Brazil (1937–1980), with Neville D’Almeida, Brazil (1941); and Jesús Rafael Soto, Venezuela (1923–2005).
MOCA is honored to include three artists in Suprasensorial—Carlos Cruz-Diez, Julio Le Parc, and the late Jesús Rafael Soto—who have lived and worked in Paris since the 1950s. They were, and continue to be, influenced by their time there. Along with Lucio Fontana, Cruz-Diez and Soto were featured in the 1992 exhibition Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century at the Centre George Pompidou, Paris, where their work is also represented in the permanent collection.
Following its presentation at MOCA, Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space will travel to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., where it will be on view from June 23 through September 11, 2011.