Hélio Oiticica “To Organize Delirium”

The Whitney Museum of American Art

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Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium is the first full-scale retrospective in the U.S. in two decades of the Brazilian artist’s work. One of the most original artists of the twentieth century, Oiticica’s early work began with formal, geometric investigations in painting and drawing and soon moved into participatory sculptures, architectural installations, writings, films, and large scale environments of an increasingly immersive nature, works that transformed the viewer from a spectator into an active participant. The exhibition includes some of these large scale installations, including Tropicalia and Eden, and examines the artist’s involvement with music and literature, as well as his response to politics and the social environment. The show also focuses on the formative period Oiticica spent in New York in the 1970s, engaging with the city and other artists, before returning to Brazil, where he died in 1980 at the age of 42.

Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium is organized by Elisabeth Sussman, Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art; Donna De Salvo, Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art; Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art; and James Rondeau, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Also on view will be two other new exhibitions: Bunny Rogers: Brig Und Ladder in the John R. Eckel Jr Foundation Gallery on the first floor, and Willa Nasatir in the Kaufman Gallery on the fifth floor.



from July 14, 2017 to October 01, 2017


Hélio Oiticica

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