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Juan Downey: Radiant Nature

Pitzer College Art Galleries

Juan Downey, Performance view of Energy Fields at 112 Greene Street, New York, 1972. Documentation photograph, 8 x 10 in. Image credit: The Estate of Juan Downey, New York

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The early works of artist Juan Downey—many not seen since their originally presentations, will be explored through interactive electronic sculptures, documentation of happenings and performances, and installation.

LACE and Pitzer College Art Galleries will mount a two-part exhibition on the early performance-based works of Juan Downey (1940-1993). Born in Chile, Downey moved to Paris in the 1960s and later settled in Washington, D.C., and then New York, where he developed a practice that included sculpture, performance, installation, and video. Although Downey has become known for his multi-channel video works such as Video Trans Americas (1973–1976) and The Thinking Eye (1976–1977), which critique Eurocentric perspectives regarding Latin American identity, Juan Downey: Radiant Nature will consider his earlier artistic practice. Comprising interactive electronic sculptures, happenings and performances, as well as installation, these earlier bodies of work will be explored for their progressive trans-disciplinary investigation of technology, energy, the environment, and politics. These experimental and ephemeral works have in many cases not been seen since their original presentations and will be reconstructed and restaged based on groundbreaking new research.

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September 09, 2017 - December 08, 2017


Inland Cities




Film & Video, Installation, Performance, Prints & Drawing



Pitzer College Art Galleries Website


1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA