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Food-Water-Life/Lucy+Jorge Orta

The sculptures, drawings, installations and videos by this French wife-husband duo, Lucy+Jorge Orta, collectively explore major concerns that define the 21st century: biodiversity, environmental conditions, climate change and exchange among peoples. These models and machines, constructed by the Ortas, suggest ways to purify, prepare and transport food and water, or launch a world-wide humanitarian effort. These humorous, jerrybuilt contraptions are poetic metaphors for these processes, and demonstrate the importance of art as a creative agent for awareness and change. This show is the first major traveling exhibition in the U.S. of the Ortas' work; it is guest curated by C2|curatorsquared and organized by the Tufts University Art Gallery.

Lucy Orta's own work is widely published yet little is known of her broader approach to contemporary art and the projects she conducts together with her collaborator- husband, Argentine-born artist Jorge Orta.  Working in partnership since 2005, Lucy+Jorge Orta create, produce, and assemble their artworks and large installations together with a team of artists, designers, architects, and craftsmen.  They stage on-location workshops, ephemeral interventions, residencies and master classes which explore the crucial themes of the contemporary world: the community, autonomy, dwelling, migration, sustainable development, and recycling.

The Ortas' work has been the focus of important survey exhibitions in major museums outside of the U.S., including the Barbican Art Gallery London, Modern Art Museum Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Boijmans Museum Van Beuningen Rotterdam, Hangar Bicocca Milan as well as the Venice, Havana, and Johannesburg Biennales.

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The Tufts University Art Gallery @ The Aidekman Arts Center. Please contact us for a full checklist and fees.

Amy Schlegel, director of galleries and collections, Tufts University, Aidekman Arts Center, Medford, MA 02155; Tel. 617-627-3505

C2, a curatorial partnership between Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox, develops exhibitions of international, cross-media contemporary art that explore current issues in culture and design.

The 2011 Princeton Architectural Press book presenting an in-depth investigation of the Orta practice could serve as catalogue. Guest essayists include Ellen Lupton, Zoë Ryan, and Ginger Gregg Duggan / Judith Hoos Fox.

It may be purchased online from www.papress.com or at the Tufts University Art Gallery for $40; 192 pages; 300 color illustrations.

Tour Itinerary:
(as of July 2012)

Fall 2012
Tufts University Art Gallery
Medford, MA
September 6 to December 16, 2012

Winter 2013
Zilkha Gallery
Davison Art Center
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
January 22 to March 3, 2012

Summer 2013

Fall 2013

Winter-Spring 2014
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
January 25 to May 25, 2014

Summer 2014

Fall 2014
Ben Maltz Gallery
Otis College of Art & Design
Los Angeles, CA
September 27 to December 13, 2014

Winter-Spring 2015
Richard E. Peeler Art Center
DePauw University
Greencastle, IN
February 5 to May 7, 2015

Summer 2015

Fall 2015
Museum London
London, Ontario, Canada
August 29 to December 6, 2015

Press for Lucy and Jorge Orta:
Click here to read the article in the July/August 2013 edition of Sculpture