At Philbrook: "The Works of Fernando and Humberto Campana, 1989-2009"
On this installment of our program, we speak with Lauren Ross, the Nancy E. Meinig Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art here in Tulsa. Philbrook has just opened a fascinating exhibition called "Antibodies: The Works of Fernando and Humberto Campana, 1989-2009," which will be on view through October 7th of this year. As Ross explains, this show originated at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany; it's the first of three exhibits from that museum which Philbrook will present over the next few years. The brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana, both born and still based in the massive Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, create whimsical, off-beat, strikingly vibrant, and at times flat-out funny constructions that are works of design as well as works of art. These pieces, which are usually meant to be furniture, are greatly influenced by Brazilian street life and carnival culture, and are notable for their inspired and often novel employment of "found objects" (such as scraps of wire or plastic, pieces of wood or fabric, or even stuffed animals or garden hoses). You can learn more about this interesting art exhibit --- and view examples of the Campana brothers' work --- at the Philbrook website.