When: Fri., Oct. 21, 7-10 p.m. 2016
Oversized confetti has been fluttering around the Linda Pace Foundation’s SPACE gallery since late April thanks to Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander, whose room-sized installation “Secondary Stories” invites viewers to tilt their heads back and gaze up at a sea of polkadots shifting behind a translucent ceiling outfitted with hidden fans. Nodding to Brazil’s annual Carnival, the kinetic work is accompanied by two photographic series and three videos being shown on a rotating basis. While the first in the cycle — the 2006 Cao Guimarães collaboration Quarta-Feira de Cinzas: Epilogue — mirrored the Carnival reference via ants marching around to samba music carrying bits of confetti, the second curiously stars a large soap bubble that floats across the landscape and billows in the wind, but never pops. As suggested by the title Inventory of Small Deaths (Blow), the looped video comments on mortality by ways of a fleeting, fragile medium. Filmed in 2000 on Guimarães’ farm in the city of Belo Horizonte, it comes to light at a Brazilian-themed reception that spills out into LPF’s recently expanded CHRISpark. Presented in partnership with KRTU, the free event comes complete with complimentary cocktails crafted by Park Social, light bites from The Box Street Social, and a live soundtrack courtesy of Mente Clara (pictured), an Austin/Brooklyn-based outfit that creates a danceable melange of jazz, world and samba inspired by Hermeto Pascoal and other Brazilian masters.