Oct 17, 2023, 6PM

Gego: A Book Launch with Mónica Amor


Join us for a conversation between Mónica Amor, curator and author, and Zoë Ryan, ICA’s Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director, in celebration of the Philadelphia launch of Gego: Weaving the Space in Between. This monograph is the first extended study of the life and work of German-born, Venezuelan artist Gertrude Goldschmidt (1912–94), known as Gego. Through rigorous archival research, formal analysis, theoretical relevance, and deep exploration of historical context, Amor complicates traditional approaches to history and unpacks the artist’s radical recasting of the modern sculptural project through her engagement with architecture, craft, and design pedagogy.


Register to attend this free event here. | Attend the Program on Zoom here.

ASL interpretation and CART captioning will be provided for this program. Galleries will be open at 5pm on this day.

Please contact Brittany Clottey, ICA Public Engagement Project Manager and Administrative Coordinator, at bclottey@ica.upenn.edu  with any questions or access requests.

About the Author

Mónica Amor is professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She teaches modern and contemporary art with a focus on intermedial practices and transnational dialogues. Her approach is global and highlights the role of institutions and exhibitions in the production of cultural representation. She holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and her research has been supported by fellowships at DRCLAS Harvard University, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, The Graham Foundation, and PLAS Princeton University among others. She has written art criticism and essays for Art Margins, Artforum, Art Journal, Art Nexus, Grey Room, October, Poliester, Third Text, Trans and numerous catalogues. She has curated several exhibitions, among them: “Altering History/Alternating Stories for the Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas (1996), “Beyond the Document” for the Reina Sofia in Madrid (2000) “re-drawing the line” for Art in General in New York (2000), “Gego Defying Structures” for the Serralves Foundation in Porto (2006) and “Mexico: Expected/Unexpected” for Le Maison Rouge in Paris (2008). Her book, Theories of the Nonobject: Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, 1944-1968 was published in 2016 by The University of California Press. Her second book, Gego: Weaving the Space in Between is forthcoming from Yale University Press in the Spring of 2023.


Programming at ICA is made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation. Public and Student Engagement at ICA is supported by the Bernstein Public Engagement Fund, Suzanne Weiss Doft & Jacob W. Doft, Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan, and by Dana McDonald Strong & Mark W. Strong.