We’re in Mexico looking at art. We love it!
Today, a look at two shows, one successful, the other not. Our reviews of Josef Strau at House of Gago, and José León Cerrillo at joségarcía after the jump.
AFC’s in Mexico, D.F. and loving it.
This GIF from Luis Antonio Tovar might sum up the way so many of friends arriving for the art fairs this week feel while adjusting to the altitude and navigating a spiderweb-like city of glorietas. Not to mention the dizzying amount of art to see here.
Don’t worry—once your head stops spinning and you get acclimated to the thinner air, you’ll find that D.F. is breathtaking for all the right reasons too.
A spacecraft’s deep end splash is the new poolside entertainment. That’s the architecture fiction at play in Turkish artist Emre Hüner’s GIF, where the re-imaginings of spatial and architectural forms explore our notions of utopia, technology and modernity.
In treating the future as some sort of mundane present, clearly this ship went on a totally off-omnidirectional course and crashed into one of the few remaining country estates successfully landscaped with cloned deciduous and evergreen permaculture samples from twenty-first century earth.
The late afternoon earthenware tea service will likely resume within the next hour, at which point the humanoids will laugh over their artificial memories, which supplanted the trauma, decay and ruin that marked earth’s end.
¡Estamos en México D.F.!
We’re here for the art fairs ZONA MACO and Material, but there’s literally so much going on in this city of 20+ million people that it’s only Monday and we’re overwhelmed. There’s no shortage of art events. We’ve done our best to collect some of the shows we think should be on your must-see list, ranging from heady shows such as that of artists Virginia Colwell and Emre Hüner at Iniciativa Curatorial MARSO to the fusion of more minimal and playful aesthetics by José León Cerrillo at josé garcía. If you think there’s anything we should add to our list let us know. And look to the blog tomorrow for our Mexico City Weekend Guide. There’s literally so much worthy of your attention here we had to split our post in two!
Legacies, transitions and milestones loom largely in this week’s slate of events. Black History Month kicks off in Harlem tonight at the Schomburg Center with a panel featuring Juliana Huxtable and Kimberly Drew among others dwelling on Basquiat’s life and legacy. Further on the BHM-related tip, decolonial knowledge is dropped by Tabita Rezaire at MoCADA’s Window Gallery, and the representation of black and queer personhood is re-assessed in Sondra Perry’s selection of video works for MoMA PS1’s Sunday Session.
I guess the say, “when in Rome” don’t apply to President Hassan Rouhani of Iran. Italy covered up nude statues in anticipation of his arrival. Statues in a corridor leading to the grand hall in Rome’s Capitoline Museum were in encased in what looks like pedestals ahead of a news conference slated for Rouhani and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy.
Naturally, this decision has drawn quite a bit of criticism, along with a few good GIFs. While we don’t support the decision to hide art, we are fans of the products this controversy has created.
By now, Industry City has a reputation of consistently raising artist studio rents and quickly pushing them out. So where are these artists landing? One former Industry City artist and entrepreneur, George Leo Turner, has moved most of his life to Rockaway. He’d already purchased a home there in 2008 (a random bike ride with his wife in 2007 led them to Jacob Riis Park where they feel in love with the beaches and shorelines). This August, when the Fecund Clown Building came up for sale, he jumped. Since that time, he’s founded an Artist Run Center called New York Arbor, which will launch its first show March 18th.