Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour symposium – Part 1: Introduction

Introduction by Gabriella Salgado, Curator of Public Programmes at Tate

This symposium has been organised in anticipation of the forthcoming exhibition Helio Oiticica: The Body of Colour. It will explore the findings of new research into Oiticica’s artistic practice and the issues raised by this major exhibition.The sessions will also examine Oiticica’s life and his legacy, in particular with regards to his participatory practice which continues to influence contemporary art.

Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour symposium – Part 2: Michael Asbury

Session 1: Hélio Oiticica and Colour

Michael Asbury, art historian and curator, author of This Other Eden: Hélio Oiticica and Subterranean London


Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour symposium – Part 3: Wynne H. Phelan

Session 1: Hélio Oiticica and Colour

Wynne H. Phelan, Director of Conservation, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, U.S


Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour Symposium – Part 4: Yve-Alain Bois

Sesson 1: Hélio Oiticica and Colour

Yve-Alain Bois, art historian and critic, Professor of Art History in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, U.S.


Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour symposium – Part 5: Panel discussion

Session 1: Hélio Oiticica and Colour

Panel discussion moderated by Ann Gallagher, Curator and Head of Collections (British Art), Tate, and curator for the presentation of Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour at Tate Modern


Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour symposium – Part 6: Guy Brett

Session 2: Thinking Hélio Oiticica: the life of the work

Guy Brett, writer and curator, co-editor with Luciano Figueiredo of Oiticica in London


Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour symposium – Part 7: Susan Hiller

Session 2: Thinking Hélio Oiticica: the life of the work

Susan Hiller, artist


Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour symposium – Part 8: Briony Fer

Session 2: Thinking Hélio Oiticica: the life of the work

Briony Fer, Professor of Art History, University College London


Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour symposium – Part 9: Luciano Figueiredo

Session 2: Thinking Hélio Oiticica: the life of the work

Luciano Figueiredo, artist and Director of Centro Cultural Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour symposium – Part 10: Panel discussion

Session 2: Thinking Hélio Oiticica: the life of the work

Panel discussion moderated by Michael Asbury, research fellow at Centre for Transnational Art Identity and Nation at University of Arts, London


Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour symposium – Part 11: Paulo Venancio Filho

Session 3: Remapping Oiticica: legacies

Paulo Venancio Filho, curator and critic, Escola de Belas Artes and Projeto Universidade Federal, UFRJ, Brazil


Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour symposium – Part 12: Lisette Lagnado

Session 3: Remapping Oiticica: legacies

Lisette Lagnado, independent curator and curator of XXVII São Paulo Biennial


Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour symposium – Part 13: Anna Dezeuze

Session 3: Remapping Oiticica: legacies

Anna Dezeuze, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Manchester


Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour symposium – Part 14: Panel discussion

Session 3: Remapping Oiticica: legacies

Panel discussion moderated by Dawn Ades, Professor of Art History at University of Essex and Director of University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art


This symposium was organised in anticipation of Tate Modern exhibition Helio Oiticica: The Body of Colour. It explores the findings of new research into Oiticica’s artistic practice and the issues raised by this major exhibition.The sessions examine Oiticica’s life and his legacy, in particular with regards to his participatory practice which continues to influence contemporary art.

Supported by Ministério da Cultura do Brasil and University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art (UECLAA)