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Allora & Calzadilla

Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy

in Oxford Art Online


Published online June 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T2093861

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American installation artists, active also in Puerto Rico. Jennifer Allora (b Philadelphia, 20 March 1974) graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Richmond, Virginia (1996) and Guillermo Calzadilla (b Havana, Cuba, 10 Jan 1971) graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Escuela de Artes Plastica in San Juan, Puerto Rico (1996). Allora and Calzadilla met in Italy in 1995 during a study abroad programme in Florence. They then lived together in San Juan for a year before moving to New York City where they started working collaboratively while each participated in different residency and study programmes. In 1998–9, Allora participated in the year-long Whitney Independent Study Program, while Calzadilla participated in the P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center National Studio Program.

Allora & Calzadilla’s first important international exhibition was the XXIV Bienal de São Paulo in 1998 curated by Paulo Herkenhoff, which investigated the idea of cultural cannibalism known in Brazilian literature as ...

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Subjects: Film and Video Art ; Installation Art, Mixed-Media, Assemblage, and Collage ; Painting ; Performance Art and Dance ; Public Art, Land Art, and Environmental Art ; Sculpture and Carving ; Art of the United States ; Latin American and Caribbean Art ; 20th-Century Art ; Contemporary Art

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