Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985

Exhibition Overview


Passing Through
Sylvia Palacios Whitman, Passing Through, Sonnabend Gallery, 1977. Documentation of performance; photographer: Babette Mangolte. Photograph, 11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)

This is the first exhibition to explore the groundbreaking contributions to contemporary art of Latin American and Latina women artists during a period of extraordinary conceptual and aesthetic experimentation. Featuring more than 120 artists from 15 countries, Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 focuses on their use of the female body for political and social critique and artistic expression.

The artists pioneer radical forms and explore a female sensibility with overt or, more often, covert links to feminist activism. Many works were realized under harsh political and social conditions, some due to U.S. interventions in Central and South America, that were complicated or compounded by the artists’ experiences as women.

The artworks on view range from painting and sculpture to photography, video, performance, and other new mediums. Included are emblematic figures such as Lygia Pape, Ana Mendieta, and Marta Minujín, alongside lesser‐known names such as Cuban‐born abstract painter Zilia Sánchez; Colombian sculptor Feliza Bursztyn; Peruvian composer, choreographer, and activist Victoria Santa Cruz; and Argentine mixed‐media artist Margarita Paksa. The Brooklyn presentation also includes Nuyorican portraits by photographer Sophie Rivera, as well as work from Chicana graphic arts pioneer Ester Hernandez, Cuban filmmaker Sara Gomez, and Afro-Latina activist and artist Marta Moreno Vega.

(Photo: Sylvia Palacios Whitman, Passing Through, Sonnabend Gallery, 1977. Documentation of performance; photographer: Babette Mangolte. Photograph, 11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm). Courtesy of Babette Mangolte. © 1977 Babette Mangolte)

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