Argentine artist Marta Minujín will restage her iconic 1985 photo-performance Payment of the Argentine Foreign Debt to Andy Warhol with Corn, the Latin American Corn, at Americas Society, in collaboration with Jewish Museum. The event is free and open to the public and will take place on March 26, 2024, 6pm at Americas Society. Registration required.


About the Work


In this series of works, created on a visit by the artist to New York in 1985, Marta Minujín invited her friend Andy Warhol to participate in a photo-performance in which she paid the pop icon, a symbol of American culture, with the Argentine foreign debt represented in gold-sprayed corn, claiming that the region had already covered its debt to the first world with the "invention" of corn, a staple that today feeds millions worldwide. The witty but nonetheless quite serious proposal directly addresses the commercial colonialism that the Global South is subjected to by world powers such as the United States. By pairing herself on an equal footing with Warhol, the most famous artist at the time, Minujín also commented on the unequal trade of cultural capital in the art world. "Corn, the Latin American Gold" should balance these inequalities and put the world's regions on the same level, she claims.


About the Artist


Marta Minujín (b. Buenos Aires, Argentina) studied painting, sculpture, engraving, and drawing at a number of Argentine art schools in Buenos Aires, including the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Ernesto de la Cárcova, and Universidad de Buenos Aires. In 1953 she enrolled in the Escuela de Bellas Artes Manuel Belgrano and in 1957 received a degree in art education. In 1961, she obtained a scholarship granted by the Fondo Nacional de las Artes and went to Paris where she stayed until 1963. Subsequently, she lived between New York, where she presented Minucode (originally commissioned by the Center for Inter-American Relations, now Americas Society, in 1968) and other happenings, and Buenos Aires, where she currently lives. She is a pioneer in happenings, performance art, soft sculpture, and video. Minujín pursues a varied and irreverent practice that demonstrates a deep rejection towards the object of collectible art. She often uses ephemeral materials such as cardboard, fabric, and food, at the same time monumental and fragile.