Exhibition Talk and Tour with Tom Kalin, Gabriela Rangel, Susanna V. Temkin, and Alex Fialho
Where: Americas Society
680 Park Ave. (at 68th Street)
212-628-3200 Price: Free, registration required
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To highlight José Leonilson: Empty Man, the first solo exhibition of Brazilian artist José Leonilson Bezerra Dias (1957–1993), Visual AIDS and the Americas Society host a guided talk and tour engaging the artist’s life and practice. The event features Tom Kalin, a filmmaker and ACT UP / Gran Fury member and friend of Leonilson, Gabriela Rangel and Susanna V. Temkin, the exhibition’s cocurators from the Americas Society, and Alex Fialho, Visual AIDS programs director.
Born in Fortaleza in 1957, José Leonilson Bezerra Dias studied at the Escola Pan-Americana de Arte and the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) in São Paulo. A participant in the generation defining exhibition, Como vai você, Geração 80? (How Are You, Generation 80?), he emerged as a seminal figure of the Brazilian contemporary art world during this decade. Over the course of his career Leonilson traveled extensively throughout Europe, and his paintings, drawings, and installations were featured in solo and group shows in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, in addition to many exhibitions held in Brazil. In 1991, the artist tested positive for HIV. This diagnosis compelled a decisive shift in his career, as Leonilson began to develop his intimate embroideries, a practice he continued until his death in 1993 at the age of 36. Artworks by Leonilson are today included in such major public and private collections as the Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges-Pompidou; the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona; the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.Buy tickets/get more info now