Currently led by Professors, Sergio Delgado and Tom Cummins, and building on the groundwork* set by José Falconi, Marcela Ramos and Macarena López, CONCEPTUAL STUMBLINGS is a revision of the last 40 years of visual arts in Chile that aims to consolidate a new body of knowledge about Chilean contemporary art. With the support of ARTS@DRCLAS the research team is currently working towards the production of a volume that brings together oral accounts, scholarly essays, and visual material related to the period in question. The current iteration of Conceptual Stumblings was conceived in four stages:
1-ROUND TABLES which took place in Chile in August 2014
2-A two-day SEMINAR which took place in Boston on October 2014.
3-An ART EXHIBITION on view during Fall 2015 at the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA) in Chile.
A second iteration of this ART EXHIBITION on view at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, from October 26, 2016 to January 8, 2017.
4-The publication of a BOOK forthcoming in 2019
*CONCEPTUAL STUMBLINGS started in 2008 as a revision of the last 40 years of visual arts in Chile. It set forth an ongoing dialog among the most prominent Chilean artists and a group of North American and Latin American scholars. Its initial intent was to facilitate an awareness and new reading of an important historical phenomenon of particular importance in Chilean art—the Escena de Avanzada.The first phase of this project was conducted in four closed-door round table sessions. Participating Faculty: Thomas Cummins, Doris Sommer, Luis Cárcamo-Huechante, Ernesto Livón-Grosman, Robin Greeley, Fernando Rosenberg.
Participating Artists: Alfredo Jaar, Raúl Zurita, Iván Navarro, Cristóbal Lehyt / Catalina Parra, Arturo Duclos, Camilo Yáñez, Felipe Mujica / Ronald Kay, Mario Navarro, Patrick Hamilton, Bernardo Oyarzún, Johanna Unzueta / Ignacio Gumucio, Samy Benmayor, Carlos Altamirano, Paz Errázuriz.