Visiting Artist Lecture: Adrián Villar Rojas
Location: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh (Map it)
Using clay and concrete, Adrián Villar Rojas’s sculptures and installations draw on the history of Minimalist sculpture and Modernist architecture, creating works that refer back to classical antiquity and forward towards a future archaeology. In his 2013 installation for MoMA PS1, La inocencia de los animales (“The Innocence of Animals”), Villar Rojas built a large, amphitheater-like riser indoors as well as several smaller works that appear to be invading the space. The cracked and crumbling surface is reminiscent of Roman ruins and late 20th century earthworks.
Villar Rojas has been exhibiting worldwide since 2003, including shows at the Louvre, Argentina’s Bahía Blanca Bienal, and the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.