Parallel Actions," which brings news of a dozen daring Central European conceptualists at work in the 1960s and '70s, isn't a show that looks like much. But then, the work of our own early conceptual and body artists in those years (Vito Acconci and Laurie Anderson included) wasn't big on objects, artifacts, or visuals either. Here, the earliest interventions and actions were a way out from the gallery system. There, in a very different context, they transgressed repressive political realities. The modest black-and-white photo-documentations, grainy videos, and typed texts transcend a paucity of means, to offer revelations about some very advanced artistic thinking at the edge of and in the Eastern Bloc—parallel to, independent of, and sometimes in answer to new... More >>>