A Realizar: Selections from the Concrete Poetry Collection, 1946–1979
A collaboration between graduate students Julia Detchon (Art History) and Emma Whittington (iSchool/LLILAS and Benson Special Collections GRA), this small exhibition of materials from the Benson's Concrete Poetry collection highlights the overlapping practices of writers and artists engaged with the principles of Concrete Poetry, a movement that combined elements of visual art with traditional poetry.
Since the 1960s, Concrete Poetry has encompassed a broad spectrum of formal experimentation in art, literature, and music that is conceptually rooted in the innovations of the literary movement. A new collection of rare texts and ephemera representing the principal Latin American exponents of Concrete Poetry and Concrete Art documents the diverse approaches, experiments, networks, and politics that emerged from this expansive vision of Concretism in Latin America. It illustrates the open-ended and revolutionary premise of Concrete Poetry and demonstrates its importance to the development of Conceptual Art in the 1970s. It also tracks a vital history of experimental art in twentieth-century Latin America—an art of propositions and participation, an arte a realizar.
On view in the Benson Latin American Collection main reading room.