Juan Downey, Chilean (1940 -1993)

 Juan Downey was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1940 and died in 1993. After receiving a degree in architecture from the Catholic University of Chile, he studied at S.W. Hayter’s Atelier 17 in Paris and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Downey received numerous awards, including Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

He served as associate professor for the School of Architecture and the media department at the Pratt Institute from 1970 to 1991. His videotapes, drawings, performances and installations have been exhibited in solo or group shows at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (including six Whitney Biennials); the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; the Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; and the Venice Biennale. In 1997 the IVAM Centro Julio Gonzalez in Valencia, Spain hosted a major retrospective of his work. At the 49th Venice Biennale Plateau for Human Kind, he received an honorable mention for excellence in Art, Science and Technology for his video installation About Cages.

Film
Hard Times and Culture (1990)
J.S. Bach (1986)
The Looking Glass (1982)
The Laughing Alligator (1979)
The Abandoned Shabono (1976)
Las Meninas (Maids of Honor) (1975)
Installation
Rewe (1991)
Bachdisk (1988)
About Cages (1987)
Obelisk (1985)
The Circle of Fire (1979)
Plato Now (1972)
Artist's Gallery

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