Street Loom, New York City, 1993
Vintage photo print. Exhibition copy
20” H x 24” W. Image Courtesy the Artist and Lehmann Maupin New York, Hong Kong and Seoul.
“Street Loom” belongs to the series of Street Weavings the artist began in the early 80’s in New York City — mostly around her neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, where she created weavings on sidewalks, rooftops, wire fences, puddles and trash cans, as if all were her loom.
Cecilia Vicuña is a poet, artist, filmmaker and activist. Her work addresses pressing concerns of the modern world, including ecological destruction, human rights, and cultural homogenization. Born and raised in Santiago de Chile, she has been in exile since the early 1970s, after the military coup against elected president Salvador Allende. Vicuña began creating “precarious works” and quipus in the mid 1960s in Chile, as a way of “hearing an ancient silence waiting to be heard.” Her ephemeral, site-specific installations in nature, streets, and museums combine ritual and assemblage. A partial list of museums that have exhibited her work include: The Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Santiago; The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) London; Art in General in NYC; The Whitechapel Art Gallery in London; The Berkeley Art Museum; The Whitney Museum of American Art; and MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art in New York.