The editorial categories are research topics that have guided researchers during the recovery phase and continue to be the impetus behind the Documents Project’s digital archive and the Critical Documents book series. Developed by the project’s Editorial Board, each of the teams analyzed this framework and adapted it to their local contexts in developing their research objectives and work plans during the Recovery Phase. Learn more on the Editorial Framework page.
In this essay, the author explains that the exhibition About Place considers the "redefinition" of the Western Hemisphere brought upon by the economic integration of the region, increased electronic communications, and improved long-distance transportation. The exhibition features the work of sixteen artists from the Americas who prominently explore, assert, and contest aspects of place and locale—actual, imagined, remembered, intimate, expansive, and such. Their personal and individual approaches point to a sense of displacement, discontinuity, and fragmentation without total dissolution or disintegration because they are grounded in lived experience or practice.
This essay by Madeleine Grynzstein constitutes the curatorial statement for her exhibition entitled About Place: Recent Art of the Americas, which was held at the Art Institute of Chicago on March 11–May 21, 1995. An early presentation of contemporary Latin American art as exemplary of artists’ responses to globalization, this show presented works by artists such as Doris Salcedo, Jac Leirner, and Guillermo Kuitca (from, respectively, Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina), alongside U.S. and Canadian artists, including Brice Marden, Andrea Zittel, and Jeff Wall.