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A Mexico City Marching Band Meets Political History at Americas Society in NY

An exhibition chronicles a collaborative project that took artist Erick Meyenberg and a local high school marching band to politically charged sites throughout Mexico City.

Borrowing its enigmatic title from the words of Guillaume Apollinaire, The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg is the end result of Erick Meyenberg’s collaboration with members of a local high school marching band. The artist and the teenagers — together with teachers, curators, musicians, composers, choreographers, costume designers, and a video production team — co-created a series of performances that took the band through some of the city’s most emblematic and politically marked sites: the Plaza de Tlatelolco, where striking university students clashed with the state in 1968; the Monumento a la Revolución, commemorating the Mexican Revolution of 1910; and the Forum Buenavista shopping center, symbolizing Mexico’s embeddedness in transnational capitalism.

Meyenberg developed The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg (2016) over two years as a commission for inSite/Casa Gallina, the sixth edition of the public art project, inSite. The exhibition is co-organized by Americas Society and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and is curated by Gabriela Rangel and Lucía Sanromán.

Composed of a three-channel projection, flags, a relief sculpture, and archival materials, Meyenberg’s project takes a critical stance toward normative pedagogical structures in the form of uniforms, discipline, education, gender, the state, and symbols of nationhood. Culminating in a synesthetic experience, The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg suggests the complexities of Mexican modernity.

Free admission.
Hours: Wednesday–Saturday, 12–6pm.

Writers Francisco Goldman and Monica de la Torre in Conversation
May 16, 7pm
Novelist Francisco Goldman engages in a conversation with writer Mónica de la Torre about his personal memoir The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle touching on subjects such as writing on the self alone and the self in the community of the megacity.

For more information, visit as-coa.org/visualarts or contact [email protected].

The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg is on view through July 22 at Americas Society (680 Park Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan).