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To Organize Delirium: A Tour of the Art Institute of Chicago's Hélio Oiticica Exhibit

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To Organize Delirium: A Tour of the Art Institute of Chicago's Hélio Oiticica Exhibit

Tour led by Associate Curator Anna Katherine Brodbeck, PhD

Talk by Jungian Analyst Ken James, PhD

Saturday, April 1, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm

In a unique coming together of Institutes, join with the Art Institute of Chicago and the Jung Institute of Chicago in exploring the work of Hélio Oiticica, the Brazilian conceptual artist. Oiticica is best known for the enigmatic boxes, capes, and environments he created in the 1960s. Tour this important exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago with the associate curator Anna Katherine Brodbeck. Join a discussion after the tour; Dr. Brodbeck and Jungian Analyst Ken James will explore ways this experiential art might support consciousness in each of us. As we respectfully enter the space of art, what does this art experience have to teach us about ourselves and becoming?

Oiticica organizes his works not as devices, but as 'energy-centers.' Many of his works put the physical presence of the spectator at the center; none consider the ‘art’ as a separate, detached object. Oiticica put strong emphasis on personal experience in art – he looked for ways the spectator could participate bodily in the art and uncover the metaphor, moving from retinal perception to physical perception. In doing so, he questioned the “status of the object, the nature of representation [or image], and the passive behavior of the audience.” (Brett, G., art critic). He challenged concepts of inside and outside, enclosing and excluding spaces. He uncovered ways of conceptualizing and experiencing art not as finished, but as a searching process.

Can we use Oiticica’s creative genius to transcend opposites like chaos and order or stasis and delirium? Can we experience a participative process that somehow ties to our own individuation?  Join us on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Art Institute of Chicago to find out.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the exhibition.

10:30am | Museum Opens
10:30-11am | Modern Wing, Art Institute, Monroe Entrance | Arrival & Sign In 
11-11:30am | Ryan Room, Modern Wing Opening remarks from Katherine Broderick, exhibit curator
11:30am-12:30pm | Modern Wing Galleries | Helio Oiticicia exhibit tour with Katherine Broderick, exhibit curator, and Ken James, Jungian analyst
12:30-2pm Ryan Room Remarks + Presentation, Ken James, Jungian analyst

Lunch is available following event at Terzo Piano restaurant, Art Institute

The Art Institute of Chicago (Modern Wing Entrance)
159 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603

$40 (Museum Entrance Fee Included) | $30 Jung Institute Members
$10 OFF for Art Institute Members (must bring your member card)
Space for this special event is limited

If you have any questions about this event, contact our development chair, Heidi Hedeker, at 773-443-2253 or

Photo Credits:

Hélio Oiticica. PN27 Rijanviera,1979. César and Claudio Oiticica Collection, Rio de Janeiro. Photo courtesyEdouard Fraipont. © César and Claudio Oiticica.
Hélio Oiticica. Hunting Dogs Project (Projetocães de caça), 1960–61. César and Claudio Oiticica Collection, Riode Janeiro. © César and Claudio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro.
Hélio Oiticica. GFR 022, 1955.Collection of Donna and Howard Stone. © César and Claudio Oiticica.
Hélio Oiticica with B11 Box Bólide 9 (B11 Bólide caixa9), 1964. © César and Claudio Oiticica.