Book Launch: Juan Downey, 1940–1993
with editors Julieta González and Javier Rivero Ramos

97 Kenmare St
Saturday, June 29th, 2019
3–5 pm

The relationship of culture to territory and political power is loaded with complexity and layered with history. Through an expanded understanding of what constitutes art and architecture, Chilean artist Juan Downey weaved together an insightful vision of the relationship between people and site that remains prescient today. Downey developed an interdisciplinary and intermedial practice grounded in the social and the political that simultaneously addressed environmental and anthropological concerns, examining society’s cultural shifts through video and interactive art, architecture, and cybernetics.

Presented as part of a new year-long public program called Building Cycles, Storefront for Art and Architecture partners with Ediciones MP to host the book launch of "Juan Downey: 1940-1993." With the participation of book editors Julieta Gonzalez and Javier Rivero Ramos, the event reflects the structure of the publication, chronologically positioning Juan Downey’s legacy against a historical background that frames his practice within a wider artistic and political context.

Prior to the event, "Aquí vive gente"—Storefront’s first exhibition as part of Building Cycles—will be on view to the public. Both "Aquí vive gente" and the book launch of "Juan Downey, 1940-1993" contribute to Storefront’s investigations into building community, understanding place, and presenting work that challenges contemporary views of our built environments.

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