Liliana Porter, Tejedora (Weaver), 2017. Museo del Barrio Installation 2018.
Liliana Porter Studio in Rhinebeck, 2020.
Liliana Porter working in her studio in Rhinebeck, March 2020.
Liliana Porter Studio in Rhinebeck, 2020.
Liliana Porter. The Gardener, 2016. Ceramic fragments and figurine on painted shelf, 75 x14 x 6 in.
Liliana Porter. La Puerta, 2004. Etching and metal figurine on paper, 22.5 x15.25 in.
Liliana Porter. La Linea, 2004. Etching and metal figurine on paper, 22.5 x 15.25 in.
Liliana Porter. Untitled (Pinguin), 1998. Silver Gelatin Print, 23 x19 in.
Liliana Porter. Untitled with Football Player, 1995. Silver gelatin print, 20x 16 in.
Liliana Porter. Gaucho, 1995. Silver gelatin print, 26 x 23 in.
Liliana Porter first studied art at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Manuel Belgrano 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 (UIA) and studied printmaking with Guillermo Silva Santamaría and 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, she co-founded The New York Graphic Workshop (NYGW) with artists Luis Camnitzer and José Guillermo Castillo, producing 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 (MoMA) in New York City. The Bronx Museum of the Arts held a retrospective exhibition of her work in 1991, and she has had solo exhibitions at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, the Phoenix Art Museum, Museo de
Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), and many other institutions throughout Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Porter was a professor at Queens College, City University of New York from 1991 to 2007.
Porter has been shown in numerous selected exhibitions, including Fragments of the Journey 1968-1991, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA and Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, USA (1992); Liliana Porter: Drum Solo, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA (2019); Liliana Porter: Fotografia y Ficción,Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2003); Fictions and Other Realities, Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design Gallery, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (two-person collaboration between Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia) (2005); El hombre con el hacha y otras situaciones breves, Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Guadalajara, Mexico and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Argentina (2013); Liliana Porter: Other Situations, El Museo del Barrio, New York City, New York, USA (2019); Selection of Works: 1968-1990, Museo Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Montevideo, Uruguay (1990);Liliana Porter – Selección de obra temprana y una reflexión desde el presente, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales (MNAV), Montevideo, Uruguay (2015); Untitled (shadows) 1969-2014, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), Massachusetts, USA (2014); and Liliana Porter: Man with The Axe (Reconstruction of the original installation at the 57th Biennale di Venezia), Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Florida, USA (2018).
Porter’s work is included in many major collections including the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, USA; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Texas, USA; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, New York, USA; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, USA; Tate Modern, London, England, UK; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, New York, USA.
Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, OH, USA
Amelita Fortabat, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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
Booz, Allen & Company, New York, NY, USA
Boras Konstmuseum, Sweden
British Museum, London, UK
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Bronx Museum for the Arts, Bronx, NY, USA
Brown, Wood, Ivy, Petty & Mitchell, New York, NY, USA
Casa de las Américas, Habana, Cuba
Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY, USA
Chase Manhattan Bank, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chase Manhattan Bank, Hong Kong
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
Foote, Cone & Belding, New York, NY, 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
Kelly, Drye & Warren, New York, NY, USA
LeBouef, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae, 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
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., USA
St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, USA
Southeast Banking Corporation
Tate Modern, London, UK
Walt Disney Productions, Burbank, CA, USA
Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC, USA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA