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Felix Gonzalez-Torres: What Remains | A Celebration of the Artist’s Life and Legacy

Saturday, Jan 9
4:00 pm
- 7:00 pm

LIVE ON ZOOM

The Bass, the de la Cruz Collection and the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Family Archive collaborate to present a celebration day honoring the personal and artistic legacy of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of his death in Miami, Florida. The virtual celebration will feature a series of three conversations joined by a panel of colleagues and scholars with distinct views and perspectives, memorializing the life of Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

 

detail photo of wrapped green candies

PART #1 | 4 – 4:45 PM

Introduction by Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Executive Director & Chief Curator

FELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES’ VIRAL AESTHETICS

A Talk by Dr. Robert Hobbs, Art Historian

By avoiding the traps of identity politics, Felix Gonzalez-Torres found ways to reshape established vanguard art. Dr. Robert Hobbs will analyze the artist’s major contributions through the lens of the word “virus”, which was often used by Gonzalez-Torres to describe the way his art functioned.

PART #2 | 5 – 5:55 PM

FELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES: PUERTO RICO

Moderated by Mario González, Director of the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Family Archive

Panelists:

  • Elvis Fuentes, Independent Curator
  • María Martínez-Cañas, Artist
  • Lilliana Ramos Collado, Ph.D. Full Professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture

Invited panel members, who have shared personal experiences with Felix Gonzalez-Torres as well as studied his extensive body of work, will discuss the people and places in Puerto Rico which framed Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ life and career.

PART #3 | 6 – 7 PM

THE EVER-PRESENT ROLE OF THE EXHIBITOR IN FELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES’ WORK

Introduction by Melissa Wallen, Director of the de la Cruz Collection

Moderated by Andrew Kachel, Director & Felix Gonzalez-Torres Liaison at Andrea Rosen Gallery

Featuring:

  • Rosa de la Cruz, Collector and Founder of the de la Cruz Collection
  • Elena Filipovic, Director and Curator of Kunsthalle Basel
  • Andrea Rosen, President of The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation and Andrea Rosen Gallery

A significant aspect of Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s work is longevity; its life is contingent upon the decisions individuals make when exhibiting the works. In this conversation, panel members will speak to these decisions and the potential influence on the works and their meaning as they shift and evolve over time.

 

Stay tuned for conversation details. Tune in for one conversation or all three!

Each will include an opportunity for Q&A with the speakers.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges.

Details

Date:
Saturday, Jan 9
Time:
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm