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Felix Gonzalez-Torres: What Remains | A Celebration of the Artist’s Life and Legacy
Saturday, Jan 9, 2021
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.
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
- 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
- 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.