Stephen Prina (*1954) is a key member of a post-conceptualist movement that emerged in the later 1980s and 1990s, with practices rooted in everyday culture that offered critiques of social and institutional systems. Alongside contemporaries such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Mike Kelley, Prina developed a varied body of work that entwines allusions to art, film, music and life, which surface and resurface from one project to the next in a vast network of references. Working between Los Angeles and Cambridge, Massachusetts, Prina has influenced generations of contemporary artists through both his art and his teaching at Harvard University.
English for Foreigners
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
February 7–September 26, 2020
In light of recent developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), exhibitions, events and talks are subject to change.
Stephen Prina's first exhibition to take place in Mexico, English for Foreigners looks back to the first half of the 20th century, a time when the artist's father traveled from fascist Italy to the United States, and compares the two cultures' respective standards of the “model citizen”. Prina transforms the exhibition, which includes visual elements, sound pieces, and performance, into a time traveling journey that analyzes 20th century history and the relationship between a father and his son.Link