Michaëla de Lacaze Mohrmann, Class of '07, opens new exhibition "Born of Informalismo: Marta Minujín and the Nascent Body of Performance"

April 18, 2022
Poster for ISLAA exhibition "Born of Informalismo"

Michaëla de Lacaze Mohrmann graduated from Harvard (AB-HAA) in ’07 and went on to complete a PhD in art history from Columbia University. Her research for her dissertation, “Populist Counter-Spectacles and the Inception of Mass Media Art in Argentina,” which centers on the work of Marta Minujín, has been featured in many publications, including ArtMargins, Artforum, and ICAA Documents of Latin American and Latino Art. De Lacaze Mohrmann has completed curatorial fellowships at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the National Museum of Korea.

Just this month, Michaëla turned a chapter of her doctoral dissertation into an exhibition, titled Born of Informalismo: Marta Minujín and the Nascent Body of Performance. It’s taking place until late May at the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) in NYC and was flagged as a “must see” by Artforum. Focusing on the pioneering work of Marta Minujín, the show traces how informal art opened the door to performance art in Argentina. Through their decrepit materials, the works on view explore the plight of houselessness, vulnerability of the body, and fragility of democracy—issues that seem as pertinent now as when these works were made in the 1960s. To boot, the show features paintings that have never been exhibited in the US. A scholarly panel and lecture will be part of the online programming in April and May. Find out more on the ISLAA website.