MIT List Visual Arts Center
Points of Origin, 1950s–1980s
October 24 – December 31, 2000
Carol Conde and Karl Beveridge...It's Still Privileged Art, 1976 [Kids return from school. Talk about their day, what they've learned. What can our art mean to them? Simara likes it because it's pretty, Craig because it's in the galleries.] comic book. 4 x 7 inches. Private collection
Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s, featuring more than 200 works by over 130 international artists, offers snapshots of the diverse iterations of conceptual, or idea-based, art over the course of several generations.
Global Conceptualism; Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s was organized by the Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows/Corona Park, New York, by a curatorial team consisting of former QMA director of exhibitions Jane Farver, now director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center; artist, critic, and curator Luis Camnitzer; and Rachel Weiss, an independent curator and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The three primary organizers were joined by a corps of eleven international curators who provided intelligence on each of the regions examined. They include: László Beke (Eastern Europe), Chiba Shigeo and Reiko Tomii (Japan), Okwui Enwezor (Africa), Gao Minglu (China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan), Claude Gintz (Western Europe), Mari Carmen Ramírez (Latin America), Terry Smith (Australia and New Zealand), Sung Wan-Kyung (South Korea), Margarita Tupitsyn (Russia), and Peter Wollen (North America).
Major support for the exhibition and catalogue was provided by AT&T, the Lannan Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional funding was provided by the Peter Norton Family Foundation, South Korea Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Japan Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, Institut für Auslandbeziehungen, Shiseido Co. Ltd., and the British Council. The National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York Council for the Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, provided generous support.