The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility

Pablo Lopez Luz Tijuana San Diego County III Frontera Mexico USA 2014


January 27 - April 14, 2018

Curated by Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims & Ana Elena Mallet

516 ARTS and the Albuquerque Museum present The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility co-curated by Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims and Ana Elena Mallet. The exhibition presents the work of contemporary artists who explore the border as a physical reality (place), as a subject (imagination), and as a site for production and solution (possibility). The inclusion of artists from various disciplines including design, architecture, sculpture, painting, and photographyreflects the ways in which contemporary artists and designers themselves cross disciplinary borders. Many of the artists featured in the exhibition pursue a creative problem-solving process sometimes described as “design thinking,” which involves invention, social engagement, and the task of making.

The original exhibition is developed by and travels to Albuquerque from Los Angeles’ Craft and Folk Art Museum where it was on view for Pacific Standard Time Los Angeles/Latin America (PST LA/LA) 2017. The main exhibition in Albuquerque is hosted by 516 ARTS, and has been expanded into a collaboration with an additional exhibition site at the Albuquerque Museum and accompanying interdisciplinary public programs around Albuquerque.

The border has come to occupy an intellectual and an emotionally charged space as well as a territorial one. It exists within the geography of memory as much as being a place of transit and transformation. Much of the creative production around the border unearths ways in which artists, architects, designers and makers who live in border states negotiate two divided but interconnected realities. Although this exhibition was conceived before the topic of “building a wall” along the US-Mexico border re-emerged in media headlines, its relevance is more potent and instructive than ever before.

FEATURED ARTISTS: Tanya Aguiñiga, Haydee Alonso, Guillermo Bert, Elvira Bessudo, Margarita Cabrera, Cristina Celis, Teddy Cruz & Fonna Forman, Adrian Esparza, Pilar Agüero-Esparza, Carlota Espinoza, Jorge Diego Etienne, Andres Fonseca, Guillermo Galindo, Rupert García, Bob Haozous, Luis Jiménez, Douglas Kent Hall, Alejandra Antón Honorato, Jami Porter Lara, Hector Dio Mendoza, La Metropolitana, Tom Miller, Lorena Lazard, Andrés Lhima, Los Dos de Los (Yreina Cervantez & Leo Limón), Pablo López Luz, Delilah Montoya, Julio César Morales, Elizabeth Rustrian Ortega, Viviana Paredes, G.T. Pellizzi, Post Commodity, Daisy Quezada Ureña, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Betsabeé Romero, Zinna Rudman, Mauricio Sáenz, Eduardo Sarabia, Agnes Seebass, Elizabeth Sisco, Louis Hock & David Avalos, Ray Smith, Studio Rael San Fratello, F. Van Derren Coke, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood

The original exhibition is developed by and traveled to Albuquerque from the Craft and Folk Art Museum where it is on view September 9, 2017 – January 7, 2018 in Los Angeles after it closes there for Pacific Standard Time Los Angeles/Latin America (PST LA/LA) 2017. A fully illustrated exhibition catalog includes essay contributions by Michael Dear, Gustavo Leclerc, Kerry Doyle, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Jose Manuel Valenzuela Arce, Teddy Cruz & Fonna Forman and Jorge Gracia.

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516 ARTS Fulcrum Fund Juror Lowery Stokes Simms 1Co-curator Lowery Stokes Sims, recently named one of the Most Influential Curators by Artsy, is the retired Curator Emerita at the Museum of Arts and Design. She served as the executive director then president of The Studio Museum in Harlem and was on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A specialist in modern and contemporary art, she is known for her particular expertise in the work of African, Latino, Native and Asian American artists. She has published extensively and has lectured nationally and internationally and guest curated numerous exhibitions around the world. Sims holds a Ph.D. in art history from the Graduate School of the City University of New York and has received six honorary degrees. 

Ana Elena Mallet is a Mexico City-based independent curator specializing in modern and contemporary design. From 2012-14 she served on the advisory committee for the exhibition New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America. She was co-curator of Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940–1978 at the Americas Society in New York (February-June, 2015) and is also co-curating The US/ Mexico Border: Place, Imagination and Possibility at Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in Los Angeles (expected 2017). Mallet worked as a curator at the Museo Soumaya from 1996 to 1999 and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil from 1999 to 2001, as deputy director of programming at the Museo Rufino Tamayo from 2001 to 2002, and as chief curator at Museo del Objeto from 2010 to 2011. One of the exhibitions she curated at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil was Boutique (2000), the first exhibition dedicated exclusively to fashion in a Mexican museum. That same year, Mallet curated ¡México, México! at the Musée International des Artes Modestes in Séte, France. In 2012, she was a curatorial advisor for the Museum of Modern Art’s store Destination: Mexico.  Mallet received a BA in Latinamerican literature from the Universidad Iberoamericana and is pursuing an MA in art history at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Image: Pablo Lopez Luz, Tijuana–San Diego County III, Frontera USA-Mexico, 2014, digital inkjet print, ultrachrome K3 ink, 25.8 x 21 inches