Juan Downey: Radiant Nature

Image: Energy Fields, 1972. Photographic documentation of video-performance, 112 Greene Street, New York, February 1972. Courtesy of the Estate of Juan Downey. Photo: Peter Moore, © Estate of Peter Moore/VAGA, New York

Juan Downey: Radiant Nature
Presented by Robert Crouch and Ciara Ennis
Thursday, February 8, 2018
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public


Curators Robert Crouch and Ciara Ennis will discuss the work of the Chilean artist, Juan Downey (1940-1993), the focus of the two-part exhibition, Juan Downey: Radiant Nature that took place at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) and Pitzer College Art Galleries during the fall of 2017. This exhibition forms part of the Getty Foundation’s far-reaching Pacific Standard Time initiative, exploring the relationship between Los Angeles and Latin America. While Downey is primarily known for his post-1975 pioneering video work, Crouch and Ennis’s presentation will focus on three early bodies of work: Electronic Sculptures, Happenings & Performances, and Life Cycle installations, made between 1967 and 1974, which have not been seen or experienced for decades.

This program is part of a talk series featuring the curators of some of the key exhibitions organized as part of Pacific Standard Time (PST): LA/LA in California this Fall. The series offers New York audiences an opportunity to learn first-hand about the curatorial ideas and research generated by PST: LA/LA.

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with JUAN in the subject line.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


February 8, 2018

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Robert Crouch

Robert Crouch is an artist and curator whose work encompasses sound, performance, and technology. As an artist, he locates his work with the intersection of active listening, sound art, and contemporary electronic music. Similarly, Crouch’s curatorial work focuses on the overlapping disciplines of sound, technology, movement, and performance. In 2014, he organized the North American premiere of Sphæræ, a large-scale inflatable performance space and public artwork by Dutch artist Cocky Eek. In 2017 he co-curated Juan Downey: Radiant Nature, a survey of early interactive and performance work of the late Chilean artist as part of the Getty initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Crouch is the former Associate Director/Curator at LACE, where he curated solo exhibitions with artists Karen Lofgren, Gina Osterloh, Steve Roden, Sean Sullivan, and Margo Victor, and performances with artists including William Basinski, Celer, Lawrence English, Dominick Fernow, and Yann Marussich. He is also the founding partner of VOLUME, a curatorial collective that functions as a catalyst for interdisciplinary sound based work, and has worked with artists including William Basinski, Nayland Blake, Nate Boyce, Frank Bretschneider, Cassils, Celer, Loren Chasse, Tim Hecker, Isis, Lucky Dragons, Carsten Nicolai, Yann Novak, taisha paggett, Terre Thaemlitz, and Julie Tolentino. He is currently the Executive and Artistic Director for Fulcrum Arts. Robert Crouch is published by Touch Music.

Ciara Ennis

Before arriving in California, Ciara Ennis was a DAAD scholar at the Kunst Akademie Karslruhe and earned her master’s degree in contemporary curating from the Royal College of Art in London. Arriving at MOCA Los Angeles she was project director for the 2001 exhibition Public Offerings, an international survey of contemporary art that included Matthew Barney, Takashi Murakami, and Rachel Whiteread. She then became associate curator at the Santa Monica Museum of Art where she founded and directed its project room, giving numerous international artists, including Johan Grimonprez and Urs Fischer, their first west coast exposure. At the University of California, Riverside, she was curator of exhibitions at the California Museum of Photography where she revived programming through numerous exhibitions with artists of the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Since 2007, Ennis has taught and been director and curator of Pitzer College Art Galleries. While there she has curated dozens of exhibitions including Racial Imaginary, a visual art corollary to the book of the same name by MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine, as well as exhibitions by Andrea Bowers, Mark Dion, and Charles Gaines. She recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, for her upcoming exhibition Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal, and delivered a paper at the Victoria & Albert Museum on the wunderkammer and contemporary exhibition models.

event updates

NEW YORK, NY 10013
T: +1 212 254 8200 F: +1 212 477 4781
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)