The Power Plant

Alfredo Jaar: It is Difficult

Fri Oct 02 2015

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM


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Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Alfredo Jaar: Self Portrait courtesy of the Artist

Alfredo Jaar is a Chilean born artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York. His work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the 42nd, 52nd, 53rd and 55th Venice Biennale (1986, 2007, 2009 and 2013), the 19th, 21st and 29th São Paulo Biennial (1987, 1989 and 2010) as well as Documenta 8 and 11 (1987 and 2002). Important individual projects include exhibitions at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Whitechapel, London; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome. He has realized more than 60 public interventions around the world. Over 50 monographic publications have been published about his work. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1985 and a MacArthur “Genius” Grant in 2000.

Jaar is presenting (Music) Everything I know I learned the day my son was born (2013) in the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche exhibition HTOUS / HTRON: The New Coordinates of the Americas, curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio.

The artist will discuss a selection of recent public interventions realized around the world, including Fukushima, Berlin, Torino, Miami, Helsinki and others. He will also present a selection of his canonical works, including A Logo for America (1987), a seminal intervention realized in New York’s Times Square and other interventions that focus on the complex relationship between North and South America.

Curator and Artistic Director of Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires Agustín Pérez Rubio will respond to Jaar's presentation and facilitate questions.

Co-presented with

2015-16 Lead Donor

Nancy McCain and Bill Morneau