Eco’s concept of the Open Work—an artwork that could not be completed without the viewer’s
participation—was highly useful for Latin American conceptualists from the late 1960s through the
late 1970s because it named the collaborative and performative emphasis of their artworks. Open
Work in Latin America, New York & Beyond: Conceptualism Reconsidered, 1967–1978 displays
the capacious nature of conceptualism by exhibiting 91 books, video, sound, prints, drawings,
installations and photography by 36 artists working in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, New York,
London, Los Angeles, Montevideo and Caracas. Although not a historical survey, the show
presents a collective desire to use the body to destabilize systems of representation shared by
artists from Latin America working in conceptual modes from 1967 to 1978.
Open Work in Latin America, New York and Beyond includes some ninety works that have been
generously lent to Hunter College from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, The Museum
of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Henrique Faria Fine Art, Document Art Gallery,
and Alexander Gray Associates.