Accumulate, Classify, Preserve, Display: Works by Roberto Obregón from the Carolina and Fernando Eseverri Collection

November 5, 2019 - February 16, 2020

Accumulate, Classify, Preserve, Display features the innovative work of the late Venezuelan artist Roberto Obregón (1946–2003) who was a key figure of global conceptualism. Conceptual art emerged as a movement in the 1960s and was based on the premise that the idea (or concept) behind the work is more important than the finished art object. The primary motif in Obregón’s body of work is the concept of cyclical time and the physical, bodily decay of roses. His works document his physical, bodily decay over time through the physical dissection of roses. The exhibition is drawn from the artist’s extensive archive that is now part of the Carolina and Fernando Eseverri Collection in Caracas, Venezuela. Included are drawings, sketches, collages, photographs and other objects. The Harn exhibition forms a complement to a larger exhibition of more than 300 works by Obregón organized by the University Gallery. Both exhibitions are curated by Jesús Fuenmayor, University Galleries Program Director and Visiting Curator, and Kaira M. Cabañas, Professor of Art History, School of Art and Art History.

 
 
 
Image credits
 
Slide 1
Left: (detail): Roberto Obregón, Untitled / Document for Water as a Cycle (photograph #1 of rose from previous dissection), 1978, photograph, gelatin silver print, ink and fluid corrector on paper, © Archivo Roberto Obregón, photography: Carlos Uzcátegui
Middle: Roberto Obregón, Donor Unknown / Unbound Real Dissection, c. 1981, collage, graphite and rose petals on cardboard, © Archivo Roberto Obregón, photography: Carlos Uzcátegui
Right: Roberto Obregón, Untitled / Petal #2, undated, collage, linoleum and paint on canvas, © Archivo Roberto Obregón, photography: Carlos Uzcátegui
Slide 2
Roberto Obregón, Pee-Eme, from the series Masada, 2002, silkscreen, ink on plexiglass, diptych, © Archivo Roberto Obregón, photography: Carlos Uzcátegui