February 28, 2013

Open Experience: Two Performances from 1970

Hunter College
Left: David Lamelas, Time, 1970. Performance. Right: Carlos D’Alessio, Invitation Text, Kynaston McShine Information Exhibition Research, [Series IV: Artists files, IV.27].

Internationally renowned artist David Lamelas will stage Time, an ephemeral exercise addressing the nature of time and space. Once the performance starts, one person is asked to count and hand off a minute of time to the next. Lasting only as long as the number of participants, Lamelas uses the physical acknowledgement of time to challenge notions of objecthood and point to the immortality of the concept.

Argentinian composer Carlos D’Alessio‘s contribution to avant-garde art activity in 1970s New York remains mostly lost in obscurity. However, his Project for a Concert of Electronic Music, included in The Museum of Modern Art’s seminal Information exhibition catalogue, relies on circuits of action to produce new content, exemplifying the participatory experimentation of the period. The performance gathers a party to create an impromptu piece of sound art by recording both the sound of the guests freely manipulating transistor radios together with the sounds of the chatter of the crowd itself, played back in a concert.

Join us in staging these performances and for drinks in celebration of Open Work: Latin America, New York, and Beyond: Conceptualism Reconsidered, 1967–1978, currently on view in The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue through May 4, 2013. 

Hunter College is deeply grateful to the following donors, whose generous support has made this exhibition and its accompanying programming possible: Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and The Bershad Exhibition Fund.

For more information about related events organized by students at Hunter College, and for information about Hunter College’s Department of Art and Art History and its initiatives supported by the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, go to

*Image above:
Left: David Lamelas (Argentina, born 1946, lives in Los Angeles, California), Time, 1970. Performance. Black-and-white photograph with performance instructions; photograph 8 3/4 x 18 7/8 inches. (22.1 x 48.1 cm), instructions 11 x 8 1/2 inches (27.9 x 21.6 cm). Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. © David Lamelas.
Right: Carlos D’Alessio (Argentina, 1935–1992), 
Invitation Text, Kynaston McShine Information Exhibition Research, [Series IV: Artists files, IV.27]. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.


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