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Hélio Oiticica/Rirkrit Tiravanija: Contact

Two recently acquired installation pieces invite visitors to relax, reflect, socialize – and also embrace deeply political, even subversive possibilities put forth by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica and Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Oiticica’s CC5 Hendrixwar/Cosmococa Programa-in-Progress, conceived with filmmaker Neville D’Almeida in 1973, is an immersive, nuanced take on pop culture involving 10 hammocks for visitors to lounge in, large-scale projections of media images of rock icon Jimi Hendrix, and an all-Hendrix soundtrack. 

In Tiravanija’s untitled 2006 installation, visitors are welcome to gather at a picnic table to assemble an expansive puzzle depicting Eugène Delacroix’s 1830 masterpiece, Liberty Leading the People. A pavilionlike structure, a replica of one designed by Jean Prouvé for use in French colonial Africa, completes a tableau that presents an amusing and ironic set of juxtapositions.

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