THE VIEWER AS CURATOR
BY SOPHIA FIKKE, MILO WOODS, MADELINE CLINTON, GERMAN GIAMMATTEI URREA, BROOKE HARRINGTON, AND SOFIA ZAVATONE- VETH
Liliana Porter’s work powerfully leverages formal simplicity to encourage the contemplation of profound connections across objects, concepts, times, and artistic mediums. In Dialogue (with penguin), Porter places seemingly unrelated characters (Jesus and a penguin) next to each other as though in conversation. The Square (El cuadrado) II is the second in a sequence of five images in which the position of the hand and the square that was later drawn on each work is distinct. Even in this single work, Porter layers disparate moments—when the hand was photographed and when the line was drawn. Viewers then experience the work in their own time. Porter also combines varied artistic mediums, drawing and photography.
In the spirit of Porter’s work, we encourage you to contemplate connections across decades of her artworks, thematic foci, and mediums of choice. We invite you to engage with our prompts outlined in the curatorial projects below, to download images of artworks, and to share images or text documenting your interaction. We encourage you to share your ideas for possible curatorial projects, using the submission instructions below.
Please note that Porter’s work may awe, illuminate, challenge, unsettle, confound, provoke or otherwise upset. Be advised that a few artworks include vintage figurines such as a Nazi soldier. Some videos allude to human experiences such as death, suicide, and sexual content.
SAMPLE CURATORIAL PROJECT #1: REPRESENTATION
SAMPLE CURATORIAL PROJECT #2: CONSUMERISM
Now it’s your turn to curate!
All of the images below are available to download, print, and arrange in your physical space. You could also organize images in a Google doc. or other digital space. As you work with the images, consider these questions to begin:
- What themes, ideas, or questions emerge when you study the images?
- How might you arrange the artworks to communicate your analysis?
- How could you describe the themes that connect across the artworks and explain your organization of artworks?
All artworks represented on this page are by Liliana Porter. Images are courtesy of the artist.