After La vida nueva
Curated by the Whitney Independent Study Program's Curatorial Fellows, 2019–2020
This year's Curatorial Fellows of the Whitney Independent Study Program organized their culminating project as a comprehensive and dynamic online presentation. "After La Vida Nueva," as it's titled, takes its name from a politically-charged poem by Raúl Zurita in which the artist and poet alluded to the 1973 coup of his native Chile's democratically-elected president, which was enabled by the United States, and ultimately led to a dictatorship. In 1982, Zurita revealed the work to an audience of friends and peers, who watched from the ground in Queens, New York, as five decommissioned, World War II-era airplanes spelled out his prose in the sky.
Along with documentation of this event [pictured], the exhibition highlights videos, installations, sculpture, poetry, and performances—all united thematically by way of each piece's engagement with various, lesser-known histories around feminist, queer, and Third World liberation movements.
Hosted by Artists Space, the digital platform will feature a deep-dive into a different component of the show each week. Additionally, the curators assembled an expanded catalog that is free to download via Artists Space's website.
Alan Michelson. Permanent Title, 1993. Wax, muslin, charcoal. Overall: 144 x 144 x 9 in. (366 x 366 x 23 cm). Courtesy the artist.