MEXICO CITY- The past month has been a crazy time for Mexico City’s art scene between art fairs, pop-ups, and countless openings/performances at museums and galleries. I’ll be posting updates of highlights—starting with group show The Queen Falls at Galería OMR, Rafael Uriegas: Cueva Semilla Sol & Keke Vilabelda: Overwrite at Galería Karen Huber, and a pop-up from digital art edition producers Janet40.
Juan Garcia Mosqueda, Founder of Chelsea design gallery Chamber and curator, has been denied entry to the United States by border patrol agents. This, despite the fact that the Argentina-born Mosqueda has been a legal US resident for 10 years.
On February 24th, while returning from Buenos Aires, Mosqueda was detained for what he describes as a “36-hour nightmare” during which he was denied legal counsel, food, and privacy while using the bathroom. Fourteen hours later, he was forced to board a flight returning to BA.
He’s written a letter to his friends and colleagues about the ordeal, titled “The Visible Wall,” which we’re republishing below.
No matter how many times I watch this GIF, I always chuckle a little. Cats are kinda terrifying.
This may be the most hilarious reference to old master paintings that we’ve ever seen in a GIF. Let’s unpack the narrative:
A time traveler by the name of Donald Trump has been sent back to the feudal system. Plucked out of the 21st century in his bathrobe and computer, he attempts to rule his kingdom by tweet.
Something is up.
His computer isn’t plugged into anything because electricity hasn’t been invented. The apple icon on the computer has been replaced with a painted image of an actual apple. There is no internet. Upon realizing this, Trump descends into a fit of rage, pounding his fists on the keyboard. The result is a string of nonsensical letters—the usual nonsense, only better because in this fiction, Trump has no audience.
Image via: The New York Times
It is hell week for the art world. What used to be referred to as “Armory Week” is now a beast spanning more art fairs than anyone has time or energy for. Now that NADA has joined the fray, it’s likely going to be more stressful, but at least slightly less soul-crushing.
To help navigate this mess, we’ve picked out the week’s highlights: the art fairs you really should see, as well as gallery, DIY, and museum events to help recover from the convention center lighting.
These events include an artist talk from photographer Elle Perez at Daniel Cooney Fine Art on Tuesday, a peek at Georgia O’Keeffe’s personal style at the Brooklyn Museum on Friday, and the Silent Barn’s Paper Jazz Small Press Festival all weekend long in Bushwick.
Wear comfortable shoes. Bring aspirin. We’ll get through this together.
This is a pretty cute gif, but honestly, my GIF efforts were thwarted today because I was not able to get this image of a bear hanging out on an old couple’s patio off the page it currently lives on. So, consider this a link and a couple bonus bear GIFs because bears are cute.
In a past life, Mexico City’s Museo Universitario Del Chopo was a punk flea market. Today, it’s gone back to it roots (kinda).
Punk. Sus rastros en el arte contemporáneo is a fantastic survey of both punk and its impact on contemporary art. But when so much of that influence has been on video art, the logic of a gallery presentation is questionable.
The show feels a bit like it should be a film festival but has been squeezed into a white box. Good luck trying to sit through more than a dozen videos with overlapping sound on different loops.