Jimmie Durham
Practically Pinnacle

November 14, 2015

Livorno in contemporanea presenta (03)

Maria Thereza Alves > Why here?
Jimmie Durham > Practically Pinnacle
curated by Carico Massimo

Opening: Saturday 14th of November 2015
11.00 hrs. > Maria Thereza Alves, “Why here?” > Mercato Centrale, via Buontalenti
12.30 hrs. > Lunch realized by the chef Massimo Neri > Salone Centrale del Mercato
17.30 hrs. > Jimmie Durham, “Practically Pinnacle” > Carico Massimo, ex Magazzini Generali, via della Cinta Esterna 48/50

Opened: until the 14th of December of 2015
Mercato Centrale, regular market hours
Carico Massimo, by appointment

The Municipality of Livorno and Carico Massimo Association present the third appointment of “Livorno in contemporanea”, a platform of the city devoted to contemporary art. Maria Thereza Alves and Jimmie Durham are key figures of the international art scene. After the experience of a brief stay in Livorno, Alves proposes a project for the Central Market of the city, while Durham for the external spaces of Carico Massimo.

Jimmie Durham > Practically Pinnacle

Jimmie Durham (USA, 1940) is an artist, poet, writer and political activist. “Practically Pinnacle” is the title of the installation that will be displayed in the outer space of the former General Warehouses of Livorno where Carico Massimo is housed. The title makes reference to architecture, in particular to one element, the “pinnacle”, which has a structural function that contributes to the stability of a building, but at the same time creates the possibility of transforming into décor. The structure is assembled using found objects like steel, wood, cast iron and construction materials. A work that, as suggested by Durham, can “remind people of Luis Buñuel or a more elevated form of Marcel Duchamp”.

Photos: Juan Pablo Macías

Why here? / Practically pinnacle
Maria Thereza Alves / Jimmie Durham


The publications Why here? and Practically Pinnacle document installations by Maria Thereza Alves and Jimmie Durham made in Livorno (Italy). They consist of two booklets tied with a colored ribbon.

editorial project: Carico Massimo
design: Zirkumflex
photos: Antonio Theo Pini / Juan Pablo Macías
publisher: Carico Massimo, Debatte Editore
printed in Offset tritone on Munken Print paper, November 2015, at Debatte Typography.
230×161 mm
Italian / English
300 copies

pdf Alves
pdf Durham