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A Decade of Social Upheaval: Artistic Experiments in Mexico City, 1990–2000

Daniel Guzmán and Luis Felipe Ortega, “Remake” (1994), video still. (courtesy of the artists)

Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990–2000 explores the emergence of experimental artistic practices in 1990s Mexico City, a decade defined by a catastrophic economic crisis, enormous social upheaval and poverty, widespread political corruption, chronic violence, and uncertainty due to the destabilizing effects of globalization.

In this decisive moment of the city’s cultural history, artists experimented with new forms, taking artistic risks that radically altered the dynamics of the local art scene. During a time of hopelessness and pessimism, artists rejected traditional forms in favor of unorthodox, ephemeral, action-based, and socially engaged practices that linked art and everyday life, reflecting the momentous events unfolding around them.

Featured artists: Eduardo Abaroa, Francis Alÿs, Marco Arce, Gustavo Artigas, Iñaki Bonillas, Miguel Calderón, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Minerva Cuevas, Claudia Fernández, Thomas Glassford, Silvia Gruner, Daniel Guzmán, Jonathan Hernández, Gabriel Kuri, Teresa Margolles, Taniel Morales, Yoshua Okón, Fernando Ortega, Luis Felipe Ortega, Vicente Razo, Daniela Rossell, SEMEFO, Santiago Sierra, Melanie Smith, Sofía Táboas, Laureana Toledo, Pablo Vargas Lugo, and Lorena Wolffer.

Curated by Kaytie Johnson, Rochelle F. Levy Director and Chief Curator of The Galleries at Moore. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue and public programs.

For more information, visit thegalleriesatmoore.org.

Major support for Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990–2000 has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990–2000 continues through December 12 at The Galleries at Moore (Moore College of Art & Design, 1916 Race Street, Philadelphia).