Palm Springs Exhibition Focuses on South American Epicenters of Midcentury Kinetic Art

Gyula Kosice, "Hydrospatial City," 1946-1972, mixed media installation (Palm Springs Art Museum)
Gyula Kosice, "Hydrospatial City," 1946-1972, mixed media installation (Palm Springs Art Museum)
  • Carlos Cruz-Diez, "Chromosaturation," 1965/2017, mixed media (Palm Springs Art Museum)

    Carlos Cruz-Diez, "Chromosaturation," 1965/2017, mixed media (Palm Springs Art Museum)

Palm Springs Art Museum is now showing Kinesthesia: Latin American Kinetic Art, 1954-1969, the first in-depth examination of the pioneering South American artists of the international Kinetic Art Movement. This vibrant, groundbreaking exhibition will be on view through January 15, 2018.

“Kinetic Art emerged in Europe in the early 20th century with its progenitors employing light, space, and motion to create an ethereal, almost sensuous experience for the viewer,” said Elizabeth Armstrong, Palm Springs Art Museum’s JoAnn McGrath Executive Director. “This exhibition serves as an introduction to the Latin American artists who played critical roles in the movement, while simultaneously providing a curatorial case for Kinetic Art as an important medium.”

Presented as part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (PST: LA/LA), Kinesthesia begins with the layered “vibrational” works of Jesús Rafael Soto and goes on to explore more than 50 examples of Kinetic Art by Carlos Cruz-Diez, Gyula Kosice, Julio Le Parc, Martha Boto, Horacio Garcia-Rossi, Alejandro Otero, Abraham Palatnik and Gregorio Vardanega.

“Kinesthesia makes a compelling case that although Paris remains the indisputable capital of Kinetic Art, much of the Latin American work thought to be in that category did not come into being as a consequence of the movement, but often anticipated and unfolded in tandem with the better-known European developments,” said Guest Curator Dan Cameron.

For information about Palm Springs Art Museum hours, locations, admission prices, membership opportunities and ongoing exhibitions, please visit https://www.psmuseum.org or call (760) 322-4800.

 

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