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Juan Downey, The Looking Glass (part of The Thinking Eye series),1981, 28:49 min, colour, sound

6.30 – 9pm


A rare screening of videos from Late Barbarians artist Juan Downey’s The Thinking Eye series, including: Information Withheld (1983, 34 min, colour, sound) and Shifters (1984, 28:10 min, colour, sound). Originally made for public television, these remarkably ambitious and tacitly autobiographical videos show Downey drawing on linguistic, psychoanalytic, art historical, semiotic theory to unravel some of the foundational concepts of Western culture, such as the idea of “the self”.

This work will be introduced and placed in context by writer and curator Julieta González, adjunct curator at the Bronx Museum in New York and senior curator at the Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, where she curated Juan Downey: A Communications Utopia in 2013.


Julieta González is senior curator at the Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City and adjunct curator at the Bronx Museum in New York. Between January 2009 and January 2102 she was associate curator of Latin American Art at Tate Modern, London and an independent curator. She holds an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, London, was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program, (1997-1998) and studied architecture at the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas and at the École d’Architecture Paris-Villemin in Paris. She has been curator of contemporary art at the Museo Alejandro Otero (1999-2001) and Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas (1994-1997 and 2001-2003). She was co-curator of the 2da Trienal Poligráfica de San Juan, Latinoamérica y el Caribe with Jens Hofmann along with Artistic Director Adriano Pedrosa and guest curator Beatriz Santiago. González has curated over 30 exhibitions including Juan Downey: A Communications Utopia (2013), Rita McBride: Public Transaction (2013), Tomorrow Was Already Here (2012), all at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City; Ways of Working: The Incidental Object (2013), Fondazione Merz, Turin; Parque Industrial (2012), Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo; Juan Downey: El ojo pensante, Fundación Telefónica, Santiago, Chile (2010); Farsites at Insite San Diego/Tijuana (2005) (adjunct curator with curator Adriano Pedrosa);Etnografía modo de empleo at Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas (2003); and Demonstration Room: Ideal House (2000–2) (with Jesús Fuenmayor) at Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas; Apex Art, New York; NICC, Antwerp; and Gallery 400, Chicago. She has edited several artist books and written essays for international publications and catalogues.