Democracy Now: Carmen Herrera, Group Material and Cultural Participation

Carmen Herrera Untitled, 1952. Museum of Modern Art.

The Athenian is no Plaster-of-Paris man, nor cast-iron either, the exact equivalent of every other Athenian, as every Spartan was of every other stupid Spartan. Athens was not reproducing a pattern; she was not copying the ways of her neighbours, she was giving them an ideal; and it remains an ideal for us to this day. You in America, we in England, conform too much to type. – T. R. Glover Democracy in the Ancient World, 1927.

Installation view of the Group Material exhibition Democracy: Cultural Participation, Dia Art Foundation, New York, November 19-December 10, 1988, with Carmen Herrera’s Untitled, 1952.

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