The exhibition “Flora”, which premieres on Sunday at the Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth, has two sides.
a black and white page depicting a re-enactment of the life of the late artist Flora Mayo, which is the subject of the exhibition; The other side is colorful, with clips and audio clips from Mayo’s son David.
It is a film that was “conceived as a conversation” between mother and son, which has the same soundtrack and, according to Modern, should be experienced from both perspectives.
“Flora” and the accompanying sculpture “Bust” are works by the couple and artist Theresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler. Hubbard and Birchler, who live in Austin and teach at the University of Texas, became fascinated with the life of Flora Mayo after reading about it in a James Lord biography by famous Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti.
Mayo and Giacometti had a love affair in Paris in the 1920s, and while Giacometti became one of the most famous artists of the 20th “. in a [Giacometti’s] Biography ”, says senior coordinator Andrea Karns.
That will change when Hubbard and Birchler start a research project into Mayo’s life. When they found their son, who lives in California, he became the leading voice in the documentary the couple shot and later screened in the Swiss Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.
The “Bust” statue is Hubbard and Berchler’s replica of Giacometti’s ruined Mayo portrait. Both the sculpture and the film have been part of the permanent collection Moderne since 2019 and are finally making their debut after a delay caused by COVID-19.
“[Hubbard and Birchler] In the end, a hybrid story emerges that has some facts, some reconstructions, history, memory, re-enactments – all of these things come together to tell the story of this marginalized American artist, ”says Karns.
“Flora” and “Bust” will be shown until January 2nd, 2022. Ticket information is available at themodern.org.