Book launch: The Logic of Disorder. The Art and Writings of Abraham Cruzvillegas


Monday, March 21, 2016, 7:00pm to 8:30pm


CGIS South S-020 (Belfer Case Study Room), 1730 Cambridge St.

Artist Abraham Cruzvillegas will discuss the new book, The Logic of Disorder: The Art and Writings of Abraham Cruzvillegas, in conversation with art historians Benjamin Buchloh and Robin Greeley. Available through Harvard University Press, this edited volume presents Cruzvillegas’s seminal writings for the first time to the English-speaking world. Accompanied by critical studies from Greeley, Claudio Lomnitz (Columbia University) and Mark Godfrey (Tate Modern), The Logic of Disorder puts on full display Cruzvillegas’s improvisational materialist praxis—“autoconstrucción”— marked by structural contingency and chance, by mischievous unravelings of conventional modes of thought, and by an exuberant precarity that evokes at once instability and inventive ingenuity.



Abraham Cruzvillegas, Born and raised in Mexico City, Cruzvillegas is internationally renowned for his “autoconstrucción” sculptural practice of improvising with different found materials. Author of the inaugural Hyundai Commission installation currently on view in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, Cruzvillegas has exhibited widely, including at the Venice Biennale, Tate Modern, Haus der Kunst, Documenta, Sharjah, Gwangju, Museo Jumex and the Walker Art Center.

Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Author most recently of Formalism and Historicity: Models and Methods in Twentieth-Century Art (MIT Press, 2015), Buchloh is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art at Harvard University and an editor of October Magazine. His writing has been called “foundational for the entire discussion around avant-garde and contemporary art.”

Robin Adèle Greeley, Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut and Affiliate Faculty at MIT, Greeley specializes in modern and contemporary Latin American art and politics. Editor of The Logic of Disorder, she has published widely on contemporary Mexican art, including several essays on Cruzvillegas.

Introduced by José Falconi. Editor in Chief at the Cultural Agents Initiative, and Fellow at the Department of History of Art and Architecture, both at Harvard University, Falconi has published and curated widely in contemporary Latin American art. He currently teaches at Brandeis and Boston University.

Organized by Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard University. Co-sponsored by GT 20/21 and DRCLAS.