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Black Kites
Black Kites, 1997
Gabriel Orozco (Mexican, b. 1962)
Human skull and graphite
8 1/2 x 5 x 6 1/4 in.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: Purchased with funds contributed by the Committee on Twentieth Century Art
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Museum Studies 5: Gabriel Orozco
October 27, 1999 - December 12, 1999

Photogravity, an installation by the internationally recognized contemporary artist Gabriel Orozco, will be the fifth in the series of Museum Studies projects by living artists created specifically for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photogravity will feature objects made during the summer of 1999. Orozco, who is widely admired for both his photographs and sculptural works, here synthesizes the two and examines the dialogue between photography and sculpture in his art. Photogravity will cast fresh light on the world-renowned collection of Pre-Columbian sculpture that was given to the Museum in 1950 by Louise and Walter Arensberg, together with their remarkable collection of twentieth-century art.

Born in Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico in 1962, Orozco is based in New York City. He has exhibited throughout the world, including a major exhibition at the Museé d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1998. His work will be the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art in summer 2000. Black Kites, 1997, a sculpture he exhibited at Documenta X, an influential, international contemporary-art exposition held in Kassel, Germany, is now in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Sponsors

Museum Studies 5 is supported by a grant from the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, a program funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. The Pew Charitable Trusts, among the nation's largest philanthropies, support nonprofit activities in culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy, and religion. Based in Philadelphia, the Trusts make strategic investments to encourage civic engagement in addressing critical issues and effecting social change.

Curators

Ann Temkin • The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of 20th-Century Art
Susan Rosenberg • Assistant Curator of 20th-Century Art

Location

Gisela and Dennis Alter Gallery 176, first floor

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