Xerografia: Copyart in Brazil, 1970-1990

15 September – 16 December 2017, Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries


 Xerox print by Eduardo Kac

On View

15 September – 16 December 2017
Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries

Xerografia: Copyart in Brazil, 1970-1990 examines the innovative uses of ordinary commercial copying practices by artists working in Brazil across two politically fraught decades and will introduce Southern California audiences to works and practices that are largely unknown outside Latin America. The works are wide-ranging and often unexpected, including not only photocopies made on standard-size A4 copy paper, but also blueprints, Xerox “films,” performance-based works employing fax machines, as well as images machine-printed on surfaces such as metal and wood. Artists were at first attracted to the low cost and subversive potential of photocopy and other commercial printing, but later artists including Hudinilson Jr. and Mário Ramiro would use photocopiers as tools to document their performances. Eventually, photocopies became a new artistic medium, offering exciting possibilities for performance, film, self-publishing, and even international exchange through mail art strategies. The exhibition features works by more than two dozen artists, including internationally recognized figures such as Paulo Bruscky, León Ferrari, Eduardo Kac, and Letitia Parente.

Image at top: Eduardo Kac, 2 x 3 X, 1982, xerograph on blue tissue paper mounted on graph paper and black cardboard, Courtesy of the artist.

Gallery Hours:

Monday - Friday
noon - 5:00pm

noon - 4:00pm

Related Events

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 14, 2017
5:00 – 7:00pm
Hoehn Family Galleries

Reception will include an artist performance by Mário Ramiro, creating his work "Lascaux Copy" in the galleries.
Light refreshments will be served. 

Dialogue: Leonard Koren and Mário Ramiro on Zines
Thursday, 21 September
Humanities Center, Serra Hall 200

Leonard Koren, a noted American artist, writer, and publisher, founded Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing in 1976. The magazine became an important example of avant-garde publications in the 1970s.  Together with Brazilian artist and visiting Knapp Chair Mário Ramiro, the two will discuss magazine culture and the use of independently published zines in contemporary art practices.

Old 'New Media': Xerox Art in Brazil
Monday, September 25 at 6:00pm

Mário Ramiro, Knapp Chair
Manchester Auditorium, Manchester Hall
Free admission and reception to follow.

Gallery Talk:
Erin Aldana, Guest Curator
Thursday, 9 November
Hoehn Family Galleries, Founders Hall

Join us, as the curator and author of Xerografia: Copyart in Brazil, 1970-1990, leads an intimate group tour through the galleries. Aldana graduated with her PhD in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her dissertation titled “Interventions into Urban and Art Historical Spaces: The Work of the Artist Group 3Nós3 in Context, 1979-1982.”