México: Política y Poética

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The Trench, 2003 Watercolor On Out Of Circulation Currency. 6.5 Cm X 15.5 Cm © Private collection, Mexico City
México: Política y Poética

1600 Holloway Ave
SF State University Fine Arts Building, Room 238
San Francisco, CA 94132
February 17th, 2011 - March 24th, 2011
Opening: February 17th, 2011 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Wed-Sat 11-4
SFSU (San Francisco State University)
Mexico, contemporary, animation, mixed-media, digital, installation, video-art, conceptual


This new exhibition shows a Mexico you haven’t yet seen. An edgy, riveting artistic celebration of the country’s 200th anniversary of independence and 100th anniversary of its revolution, México: Política y Poética shows a much different side of culture than the traditional folkloric art, as some of today’s most exciting artists turn trauma and social unrest into jarring, ironic imagery.

Representing the country’s vibrant art scene, the exhibition features works such as Gabriel Orozco’s computer generated animations and gouache geometric patterns on old-fashioned airplane tickets, Dr. Lakra’s tattoo art printed on vintage postcards, and art animations by Francis Alÿs and Carlos Amorales.

As a contrast, and to highlight the artistic legacy of the contemporary work, modern-era artists represented in the exhibit include José Clemente Orozco, José Guadalupe Posada, Mathias Goeritz, Eduardo Terrazas and Alfredo Ramos Martinez.

México: Política y Poética is a multifaceted project, also including lectures, panel discussions and film screenings at SF State and the de Young Museum, and a companion exhibition of contemporary video work presented at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.

“An exciting generation of artists has emerged in Mexico, conveying anti-aesthetic and ironic perspectives that most Americans have yet to see,” said Mark Dean Johnson, director of the Fine Arts Gallery and an Art professor. “As the Bay Area commemorates Mexico throughout 2011, we are delighted to provide art lovers several opportunities to enjoy the contemporary scene taking place below the border.”

After the exhibit closes at SF State, “México: Política y Poética” will travel to the Nordic Watercolour Museum in Sweden. The full-color museum will also publish a catalog.

México: Política y Poética” supporters include The Mexican Consulate of San Francisco, Fundación/Colección Jumex and SF State’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Instructionally Related Activities Fund and International Center for the Arts.

This program is dedicated to the reopening of San Francisco’s Mexican Museum.