Potatoes and Eggs

One of Latin America’s most innovative contemporary artists, Victor Grippo, was a bit of an alchemist. He succeeded in harnessing nature’s most frugal materials into unforgettable metaphors for latent energy. One of the Argentine’s mind-boggling experiments consisted of attaching bushels of the common Idaho spud to a voltmeter and measuring the electrical discharge of the humble tubers.

Tonight at 8:00 Miami Art Central unveils its retrospective of the sharp conceptualist during “Victor Grippo: Works 1971 2001,” which surveys his oeuvre, including photographic documentation of urban actions, boxes, and environments. His installation, Mesas de trabajo y reflexión, presented at Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany, the year he died, will also be reconstructed for the show.

You can also catch “Anna Maria Maiolino: Territories of Immanence,” which showcases the Brazilian artist’s drawings, paintings, sculpture, engravings, films, books, and installations. In one of her more startling works, Maiolino creates imposing hand molded shapes following an ancient technique of coil ceramics, to fashion what appears to be a huge bird’s nest of red clay linguine piled across a room. In a photographic piece, a woman coughs up an egg. Call 305-455-3333, or visit www.miamiartcentral.org.
March 24-June 18


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