Detail from “Untitled” (A Portrait), 1991
Felix Gonzalez-Torres, 5min

Film and Video Program

Macho Man, Tell It
To My Heart:
Collected by Julie Ault

December 5, 2013 – February 20, 2014

Curated by Jason Simon, with Julie Ault

January 23, 7:30pm

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue
New York
NY 10003

“Untitled” (A Portrait), 1991
Felix Gonzalez-Torres, 5min

Memories of Underdevelopment, 1968
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 97min, 35mm

Memories of Underdevelopment was an important film to the artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres. In the context of the Cuban Revolution and the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, the film reveals the complexity of political engagement with a world-changing political situation. Gutiérrez Alea’s film asks questions about how one is to be revolutionary, and the complications of extricating such a practice from everyday life. The rarely-seen video “Untitled” (A Portrait) by Gonzalez-Torres presents the titular portrait without specifying the identity of its subject, confounding the notion of a personal episode and the boundaries of private and public. This convergence of disparate events also summons to mind the text portraits he began making in 1989, beginning with his own self-portrait, and thereafter composed collaboratively by the artist and the portrait’s “sitter,” conflating signs of personal and social histories. “Untitled” (A Portrait) can be viewed in two different forms. Most often it is screened in an installation for which the video is played continuously on a small monitor placed atop a pedestal. Located in front of the monitor are two Arne Jacobsen chairs, side-by side, suggesting the shared living experiences that typify romantic unions. With permission from the owner of the work, the video can also be screened as a one-time event, specified for “education purpose.”

Still from Memories of Underdevelopment, 1968
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 97min, 35mm

Related Exhibition: Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault
November 24, 2013 – February 23, 2014

Related Material:
Jason Simon & Danh Vo
Cinema Elaine, 2013
HD Video, 1 minute