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This exhibition explores recent developments in contemporary art in Mexico City through the theme of escultura social (social sculpture), a term derived from the German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys, who proposed that sculpture, if made from everyday materials and displayed in a "real world" setting, has the potential to affect society most broadly. The show focuses on works by a generation of young artists who came to maturity in Mexico City in the 1990s. It focuses on four themes: the transformation of everyday materials, social engagement with the public, the role of language and text in contemporary art, and the impact of music, popular media and performance.
Escultura Social includes sculpture, installation, photography and video as well as conceptual works by artists including Maria Alos, Gustavo Artigas, Miguel Calderon, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Daniel Guzman, Damian Ortega and Pedro Reyes. Works by Dr. Lakra (best known as one of Mexico's most famous tattoo artists) and the pop/rock band Los Super Elegantes are also included.
The exhibition was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, with major support from the Harris Foundation in memory of Betty and Neison Harris. At the Nasher Museum, the exhibition is supported by a grant from Duke's Council for the Arts and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, with additional support from the North Carolina Arts Council and Jaclyn, Nelson and Kelly Braddy T'99.
Opening Event: January 15, 7 p.m.
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A New Generation of Art from Mexico City
Künstler: Maria Alos, Gustavo Artigas, Miguel Calderon, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Daniel Guzman, Damian Ortega, Pedro Reyes, Dr. Lakra , Los Super Elegantes