Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to stage a conversation about discarded and displaced people, places, and things in a time of global climate change.
The first major U.S. solo exhibition of the influential Chileanborn artist is comprised of Vicuña’s multidisciplinary work in performance, sculpture, drawing, video, text, and site-specific installations over the course of the past 40 years. Reframing dematerialization as both a formal consequence of 1960s conceptualism and radical climate change—the exhibition examines a process that shapes public memory and responsibility. Operating fluidly between concept and craft, text and textile, Vicuña’s practice weaves together disparate disciplines as well as communities—with shared relationships to land and sea, and to the economic and environmental disparities of the 21st century.
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen is organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC), and co-curated by Andrea Andersson, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the CAC, and Julia Bryan-Wilson, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley.
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, a full-color publication by the same name, co-imprinted by Siglio Press and the CAC will be released in March 2017.