Transurbaniac: art emotions and some city trances

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© Courtesy of the Artist and University Art Gallery, UCSD
The Gioconda Palace During Mona Lisa Week, 1963 Gouache And Ink On Cardboard © Courtesy of Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, UNAM
Aromas del oficio 2 (cañón), 1997 Enamelled Epoxy, Rubber And Crystal © Courtesy of Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, UNAM
Transurbaniac: art emotions and some city trances
Curated by: Guillermo Santamarina

9500 Gilman Drive, 0327
Mandeville Center
La Jolla, CA 92093
April 9th, 2010 - May 15th, 2010

san diego
(858) 534 - 0419
Tue,Thu 11-5; Wed,Fri 11-7:30
video, mixed-media, sculpture


Things are not static. As we know from research in quantum physics, the closest landscape is a non-stop experience surrounded by contradictory aspects of surrounding objects that can be treacherous and out of control. Emerging from this awareness is the next exhibition at the University Art Gallery entitled Transurbaniac.

The exhibition, curated by Guillermo Santamarina, Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art  (MuAC) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico brings together a number of important works from the museum’s permanent collection along with additional work selected by the UCSD University Art Gallery with the intention of linking the concerns of artists working in Mexico and the United States around issues of urban space and the university campus.

By using multi-dimensional approach, the exhibition recognizes the long tradition of Mexican creativity that is in the same critical discourse as surrealist artists. From pulling transgression notes into urban commodities or supporting questions about mental stability to materializing legitimate fear in based on historical and urban dysfunctions Transurbaniac aims to create a incontrovertible melodrama set in middle-class scenarios of the 21st century. From the large site specific installation of José Dávila to David Miranda’s flyer titled Legal Trades, the exhibition takes as its focus the specific circumstances of contemporary art in Mexico and raises questions that are relevant for artists working in urban contexts everywhere today.

The Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (Contemporary Art University Museum) is the largest public institution in Mexico to accommodate a collection of national and international contemporary art. Aiming to promote learning and esthetic enjoyment, its contents, architecture and interpretation tools offer the public the possibility of creating their own personal tour: college students, art experts, children, young adults and visitors in general, each build and enjoy their visit as a unique experience. Located in the Cultural Center of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the MuAC is the first museum fully created, in its architecture, management, museology, and interpretation, for contemporary art.