2017 Tribute: Il Teatro Delle Mostre (1968/2017)

This year’s tribute is dedicated to Galleria La Tartaruga in Rome

Battleground, 2016, performance still, 60 min. Courtesy: the artist

Ryan McNamara, Battleground, 2016, performance still, 60 min. Courtesy: the artist

Tribute Schedule:
Thursday (Preview Day): Giosetta Fioroni
Friday: Ryan McNamara 
Saturday: Adam Pendleton
Sunday: Fabio Mauri

Focusing on the gallery's experimental exhibition “Il Teatro delle Mostre” (1968) the tribute space will change daily, with restagings of two pioneering projects by Giosetta Fioroni and Fabio Mauri, alternated with new commissions by Ryan McNamara and Adam Pendleton.

For Frieze New York, two of the original projects from the 1968 exhibition – Giosetta Fioroni’s La Spia Ottica and Fabio Mauri’s Luna – will be restaged, alternated with new commissions by two leading contemporary artists, Ryan McNamara and Adam Pendleton – transforming the Tribute space for each day of the fair.

Giosetta Fioroni (b. 1932, Italy) lives and works in Rome. Fioroni was the single female member of the Roman Pop Art group School of the Piazza del Popolo. She earned acclaim in the 1960s for her delicate and ghostly silver paintings, depicting the faces of fashionable women appropriated from popular culture. These paintings and her works since signal her persistent concerns with vision and specularity. La Spia Ottica (The Optical Spy) (1968): For the 1968 experimental, monthlong exhibition “Teatro delle Mostre”, Fioroni created La Spia Ottica (The Optical Spy), in which viewers could individually look through a convex peephole in the entry door of the gallery to watch an actress perform the artist’s daily habits, in a reconstruction of her bedroom.

Fabio Mauri (1926-2009, Italy) was an artist, playwright and writer, and one of the essential members of the postwar Italian avant-garde. In performance, sculpture, film and installation, the artist confronted history, ideology and totalitarianism with a biting wit. Luna (1968): For the 1968 experimental, month-long exhibition “Teatro delle Mostre” Mauri transformed the gallery into a playful, glowing moonscape with thousands of polystyrene beads, which visitors accessed via a circular hole in the door. Mauri constructed the surface of the moon in the gallery six months before the Apollo 11 moon landing. He installed two layers of polystyrene, so that visitors could walk around, lie down, or swim in the polystyrene material, fully covered by the pellets. The light reflected the white material creating a “stellar” atmosphere. People stayed there for hours, playing within – and being part of – the installation.

Ryan McNamara (b. 1979, USA) lives and works in Brooklyn. His work has been featured at MoMA PS1, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Guggenheim, The Kitchen, White Columns, Museum of Modern Art (all New York), Kunstmuseum Bonn, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Perez Art Museum Miami, ICA (London), Watermill Performance Center, The Garage (Moscow), The Power Plant (Toronto), the 2nd Athens Biennale and The High Line (New York). His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Adam Pendleton (b. 1984, USA) live and works in Brooklyn, New York. He is a conceptual artist known for his multidisciplinary practice, which includes painting, publishing, collage, video, and performance. His work engages with language, both figuratively and literally, and addresses the recontextualization of history. Through his work, Pendleton seeks to establish “a future dynamic where new historical narratives and meanings can exist.” Pendleton’s work has been widely exhibited internationally in venues including MoMA, the New Museum, The Kitchen (all New York), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Whitechapel Gallery (London); Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Zurich); and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver), where his traveling solo exhibition “Becoming Imperceptible” was recently on view.