5:00–6:00 pm ET

Instagram Live


In the Studio: Ernesto Neto

Americas Society hosts the Brazilian artist on Instagram Live to discuss his work and artistic practice.

5:00–6:00 pm ET

Instagram Live



Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto will discuss his work and artistic practice with co curator of Bispo do Rosario: All Existing Materials on Earth, Javier Téllez. This program will be held in conjunction with our current exhibition.

Join us live on Instagram from your cell phone, or watch on YouTube after, for a series of remote visits to artists' studios to bring Americas Society's Visual Arts public programs to your home. Check out the series playlist.

About the artist

Ernesto Neto was born in 1964 in Rio de Janeiro where he continues to live and work. Since the mid-1990s, he has produced an influential body of work that explores constructions of social space and the natural world by inviting physical interaction and sensory experience. Drawing from biomorphism and minimalist sculpture, along with neo-concretism and other Brazilian vanguard movements of the 1960s and 1970s, the artist both references and incorporates organic shapes and materials—spices, sand, and shells among them—that engage all five senses, producing a new type of sensory perception that renegotiates boundaries between artwork and viewer, the organic and manmade, and the natural, spiritual and social worlds. Neto’s work is well represented in international museum collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Tate Gallery in London, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Hara Museum in Tokyo, Contemporary Art Center of Inhotim in Brazil, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among many others.

About the moderator

Javier Téllez is a Venezuelan-born, NYC-based artist and curator. His work brings peripheral communities and invisible situations to the fore of contemporary art and often involves people diagnosed with mental illness to produce film installations that question the notions of the normal and the pathological. He has had solo exhibitions at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester (2018), San Francisco Art Institute (2014), Kunsthaus Zürich (2014), Stedelijk Museum (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (2011), The Bronx Museum of the Arts (2005), and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (2004). He has curated projects such as Los de arriba y los de abajo at Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros in Mexico City (2009), Hommage to K.F. Drenthe. Works from the collection of Dr. Guislain Museum at the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent (2013), and The Doors of Perception in collaboration with The Outsider Art Fair for Frieze New York (2019). He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1999 and the Global Mental Health Award for Innovation in the Arts from Columbia University in 2016.

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Major support for the exhibition and the symposium is provided by Almeida & Dale Galeria de Arte.

The presentation of Bispo do Rosario: All Existing Materials on Earth is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. 

Additional support comes from the William Talbott Hillman Foundation, the Cowles Charitable Trust, the Garcia Family Foundation, and the Consulate General of Brazil in New York. 

In-kind support is provided by Ternium Brazil. With thanks to Fundación PROA in Buenos Aires for their help on this project. 

Americas Society acknowledges the generous support from the Arts of the Americas Circle contributors: Estrellita B. Brodsky, Virginia Cowles Schroth, Emily A. Engel, Diana Fane, Almeida & Dale Galeria de Arte, Isabella Hutchinson, Carolina Jannicelli, Vivian Pfeiffer, Phillips, Gabriela Pérez Rocchietti, Erica Roberts, Sharon Schultz, Diana López and Herman Sifontes, and Edward J. Sullivan.