Miami Art Museum. Carlos Cruz Diez: The Embodied Experience of Color

From Mar 20th through Jun 20th, 2010.

altMiami Art Museum will be presenting an exhibition of interactive works by Carlos Cruz Diez, one of Latin America’s most important living masters. Carlos Cruz Diez: The Embodied Experience of Color marks the artist’s first exhibition to focus solely on sensory chromatic environments and interactive projects. The exhibition features four participatory environments created from color and light including Cromosaturación (Chromosaturation), a groundbreaking artwork first conceived in 1965.

The four installations comprising Carlos Cruz Diez: The Embodied Experience of Color, rely upon the visitors’ participation through movement. Cromosaturación, 1968, is a site-specific environment that focuses on the relationship between color and perception. Initially conceived in 1965 and presented for the first time in 1968 in the Ostwald Museum in Dortmund, Germany, this work consists of three separate color chambers infused with red, green and blue light.

Duchas de inducción cromática (Showers of Chromatic Induction), 1968, one of the artist’s first experiments with the idea of color in space, allows the visitor to experience color through a series of booths made from strips of transparent, colored plastic. Ambiente cromointerferente (Chromo-Interferent Environment), 1974, is a changing, three-dimensional chromatic projection environment activated by the physical movement of the spectator/participant. Experiencia cromática aleatoria interactiva (Aleatory Interactive Chromatic Experience), 1995, an interactive computer installation, lets spectators create their own visual interpretation of Cruz Diez’ work.

Carlos Cruz Diez: The Embodied Experience of Color explores the artist’s pioneering contribution to experimental practices in the 1960s and 1970s that proposed the dematerialization of the object to create environments that involve the body, senses and subjectivity of the spectator. In his experimentation with color and perceptual structures, Cruz Diez proposed new definitions for the artwork as a field of active participation through the use of light, movement and space. Cruz Diez’s experimentations with color and sensory perceptual environments anticipated many of the relational and participatory concerns of contemporary art.

Miami Art Museum
101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

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