Artists
Liliana Porterborn 1941, Argentina
Liliana Porter

“My work is … like watching a movie with the lights on…”

                         

Liliana Porter first studied art at the Manuel Belgrano School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, where she enrolled at the age of twelve. Five years later, she moved to Mexico City, where she entered the Universidad Iberoamericana and studied printmaking with Guillermo Silva Santamaría; during her studies, she also participated in an experimental workshop with Mathias Goeritz. She subsequently studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. In 1964, on her way to Paris, Porter visited New York. Drawn to the opportunities and museums in the city, she postponed her trip to Europe and moved permanently to New York. In 1965, along with artists Luis Camnitzer and José Guillermo Castillo, she co-founded the New York Graphic Workshop, which produced prints while redefining conventional models for making and distributing art.

 

Porter’s work often places carefully chosen small figurines and other objects in monochromatic empty backgrounds, addressing larger philosophical questions and emotional states. Alongside printmaking, she has also worked extensively in the media of photography and video, and has created works on canvas, drawings, collages, and installations. She writes, “Many of these pieces depict a cast of characters that are inanimate objects, toys and figurines that I find in flea markets, antique stores, and other odd places. The objects have a double existence. On the one hand they are mere appearance, insubstantial ornaments, but, at the same time, have a gaze that can be animated by the viewer, who, through it, can project the inclination to endow things with an interiority and identity. These ‘theatrical vignettes’ are constructed as visual comments that speak of the human condition. I am interested in the simultaneity of humor and distress, banality and the possibility of meaning.”

 

In 1973, Porter had a solo show in the Projects Room at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and in 1980, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Bronx Museum of Art held a retrospective exhibition of her work in 1991 and she has had solo exhibitions at the Museo Tamayo and the Phoenix Art Museum, among many other institutions in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.  Most recently, the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) held a solo exhibition of her work in 2013. Porter was a professor at Queens College, CUNY from 1991 to 2007. She lives and works in New York.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016Liliana Porter: Breaking News, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

Liliana Porter, Museo Caraffa, Cordoba, Argentina.

2015: Liliana Porter: To See Gold and other prints, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

Liliana Porter, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay

Liliana Porter, Galería Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2014: Entreactos: Situaciones Breves, Teatro Sarmiento, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Untitled (shadows), 1969-2014, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA (Two-year installation theater production)

2013: The Square and other early works, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

The Man With an Ax and Other Brief Situations, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Liliana Porter 1973, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, USA

2012: Disguise, Caja Negra, Madrid, Spain
Fragment of the Cast, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Liliana Porter: Conejo que levita en otras obras recientes, Centro Cultura de España, Santiago, Chile

2009: To Sweep, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Línea de Tiempo (Time Line), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Liliana Porter, Simmons Visual Art Center, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA, USA
2008: Rehearsal, Dia Art Foundation, web project: http://diaart.org/porter
2006: Red with Eagle, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
2005: Eventos Breves, Sala de Verónicas, Murcia, Spain
Fictions and Other Realities, (Porter/Tiscornia, Georgia State University Ernst G. Welch School of Art and Design Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA
2004: Eventos Breves, Palacio Aguirre, Cartagena, Spain
For You, Print Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA
2003: Liliana Porter: Fotografia y Ficción, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museo Castagnino, Rosario, Argentina
2002: Please, Don’t Move!, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
2000: The Space Inside the Mirror, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY, USA; Emiso Art Center Gallery, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, USA
The Secret Lives of Toys: Liliana Porter Photographs, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA
1999: For You, Blue Star Artspace, San Antonio, TX, USA
1998: Arte Poética, University Art Gallery, Staller Center for the Arts, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, USA
1997: Diálogos, Museo de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, Montevideo, Uruguay
1995: Liliana Porter: Poetry and Paradox, University Art Gallery, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, USA
1994: Illusion/Fragments/Reality, The Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, USA
1993: Fragments of the Journey, 1968-1992, The Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA
Liliana Porter: A Retrospective of Graphic Art, 1968-1993, Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA, USA
Liliana Porter-Simulacrum, Steimbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1992: Fragments of the Journey, 1968-1991, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, USA
1984: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Panamá City, Panamá
1978: Museo de Arte Moderno, Cali, Colombia
1973: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, USA (Projects Series)
1969: Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile
Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
 

Liliana Porter’s work has also been shown in numerous group exhibitions, including: Project Video, Sicardi Gallery, Houston (2013); Otherworldly: Artists’ Dioramas and Small Spectacles, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2011); Museum as Hub / The Accords, Part II: Marcel Broodthaers and Liliana Porter: The Incongruous Image, New Museum, New York (2011); Cosmopolitan Routes: Houston Collects Latin American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2010); Beyond Geography: Fort Years of Visual Arts at the Américas Society,  New York (2005); MOMA at El Museo: Latin American and Caribbean Art from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, El Museo del Barrio, New York (2004); Visual Poetics: Art and the Word, Miami Art Museum (2003); Re-Aligning Vision: Alternative Currents in South American Drawing, The Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, Austin (1997); and The Latin American Spirit: Art and Artists in the United States, 1920-1970, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (1988), among many others.

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, OH, USA

American Express, Miami, FL, USA

A.T. & T. Corporation, New York, NY, USA

La Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France

Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA

British Museum, London, UK  

The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA

The Bronx Museum for the Arts, Bronx, NY, USA

Casa de las Américas, Habana, Cuba

The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, USA

The Chase Manhattan Bank, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Chase Manhattan Bank, Hong Kong

The Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY, USA

Clouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich, Switzerland

Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley, MA, USA

DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, USA

Estee Lauder Collection, New York, NY, USA

FEMSA Collection, Monterrey, Mexico

Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA, USA

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA

Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN, USA

I.B.M. Corporation, Endicott, NY, USA

Instituto de Cultura, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Instituto Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba

International Graphic Art Society, New York, NY, USA

Marion and Jorge Helft Collection, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mellon Bank, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA

Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, WA, USA

Ministry of Culture Francaise, Belgium

Munson Williams Proctor Fine Arts Institute, Museum of Art, Utica, NY, USA

Musee D'Art Contemporaine, Montreal, Canada

Musee D'Art, Lodz, Poland

Museo Castagnino-Marco, Rosario, Argentina

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, A.C. Mexico

Museo de Arte Contemporâneo, Murcia, Spain

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Panama City, Panama

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Fundación Costantini, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de Arte Moderno, Cali, Colombia

Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

Museo de Bellas Artes, Santander, Spain

Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico

Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, USA

Museo del Grabado, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (MEIAC), Badajoz, Spain

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico

Museo Universitario, Mexico City, Mexico

Museu da Gravura, Curitiba, Brazil

Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, USA

Museum of Contemporary Graphic Art, Fredrikstad, Norway       

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, USA

Needham Harper Worldwide, New York, NY, USA

News Corporation United, New York, NY, USA

The New York Public Library, New York, NY, USA

Pepper, Hamilton & Scheets, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, PA, USA

Phillip Morris Collection, New York, NY, USA

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA

RCA Corporation

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., USA

Southeast Banking Corporation

Tate Modern, London, UK

Walt Disney Productions, Burbank, CA, USA

Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC, USA

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA

 

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EXHIBITIONS Liliana Porter
Red with Eagle
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The Order of Things and Other ...
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To Sweep
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The Square and other early wor...
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EXHIBITIONS Stories About Place
Gustavo Bonevardi, Dias & Rie...
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EXHIBITIONS Project Video
Maria Fernanda Cardoso & Harl...
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EXHIBITIONS Pressed
Prints from Latin America
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EXHIBITIONS Liliana Porter
Fragment of the Cast
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EXHIBITIONS Marked Pages
Contemporary Drawing
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To See Gold and other prints
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Human Interest: Portraits fro...
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Whitney Museum of American Art
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Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
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Universidad Torcuato di Tella...
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Museo de Arte de Zapopan
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Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexi...
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PUBLICATIONS Liliana Porter
Línea de tiempo
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In Conversation With / En Con...
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Fotografía y Ficción
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Red with Eagle
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PROJECTS Celebrating 20 Years

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PROJECTS Liliana Porter
Public School IS 96, New York
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PRESS Liliana Porter | Art Nexus
2014
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PRESS Liliana Porter | Ñ y Perfil
2013
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PRESS Liliana Porter | Art in America
2011
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PRESS Liliana Porter | Art on Paper
2008
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PRESS Liliana Porter | Literal
2000
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