Discussion Questions: Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Untitled (America #1)

Artwork image, Felix Gonzalez-Torres Untitled (America #1)

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, "Untitled" (America #1), 1992; collection SFMOMA, Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, fractional and promised gift to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation

  1. What materials did the artist use to make this work? How do the materials impact your understanding of the artwork?
  2. This artwork has been interpreted by some as a memorial to the artist’s partner. How is it similar to, or different from, other memorials you’ve seen?
  3. If you were to create an artwork out of everyday objects that was a memorial to someone important to you, what materials would you use? Why?
  4. What do you think is memorable about this work?

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