Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium Audio Guide Playlist
Narrator: Hello! In this exhibition, we’ll be looking at the work of Hélio Oiticica— well, a lot of the time we’ll do more than just look at it. We’ll be invited to enter it, play it, and even wear it. That’s what the dancers in the film projected near the entrance are doing. They’re dressed in Oiticica’s Parangolés—capes he made as a kind of wearable sculpture, completed by human action. As you move into the first gallery, you’ll see that Oiticica began as a painter and sculptor. But very quickly, he shifted his focus away from art made primarily for the eye. He wanted us to participate in his art.
Oiticica was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1937. He lived and worked there until 1969, when—after some time in London—he moved to New York. He and his friends had been critical of the oppressive Brazilian military dictatorship, and for a time went into exile. Oiticica lived in New York for most of the 1970s. During this time he made some of his most radical work. This exhibition is the first to provide an in-depth look Oiticica’s years in New York.
We’ll begin our story earlier, though—in the 1950s and early 60s, before the military coup. We’ll start with the framed works on the back wall of the gallery.
Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980), installation view of Tropicália (1966–67) at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2016. Plants, sand, birds, and poems by Roberta Camila Salgado, dimensions variable. Collection of César and Claudio Oiticica. © César and Claudio Oiticica. Image courtesy Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Photograph by Bryan Conley
- 500 Hélio Oiticica, Introduction
- 501 Hélio Oiticica, Metaesquema
- 502 Hélio Oiticica, P58 Spatial Relief, Red (P58 Relevo espacial, vermêlho), 1960
- 503 Hélio Oiticica, NC6 Medium Nucleus 3 (NC6 Núcleo médio 3), 1961–63
- 504 Hélio Oiticica, B16 Box Bólide 12, Archaeological (B16 Bólide caixa 12, Arqueológico), 1964-65
- 505 Hélio Oiticica, B33 Box Bólide 18, Homage to Cara de Cavalo (B33 Bólide caixa 18, Homenagem à Cara de Cavalo), 1965-66
- 505-2 Hélio Oiticica, B33 Box Bólide 18, Homage to Cara de Cavalo (B33 Bólide caixa 18, Homenagem à Cara de Cavalo), 1965-66
- 506 Hélio Oiticica, Seja marginal, seja herói (Be an outlaw, be a hero), 1968
- 507 Hélio Oiticica, Tropicália, 1966-67
- 508 Hélio Oiticica, Eden, 1969
- 509 Hélio Oiticica, Rio Parangolés
- 509-2 Hélio Oiticica, Rio Parangolés
- 510 Hélio Oiticica, Babylonests, 1971
- 511 Hélio Oiticica, Topázion-Flor for Haroldo de Campos, 1975
- 512 Hélio Oiticica, Cosmococa
- 513 Hélio Oiticica, PN27 Penetrable, Rijanviera, 1979
- 514 Hélio Oiticica, Manhattan Brutalista (Brutalist Manhattan), 1978