Opening Reception: The US–Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility

Eduardo Sarabia 

Saturday, January 27

5-6pm: Preview for Friends of 516 ARTS with walkthrough featuring guest curator & artists
6-8pm: Public reception, with music by Lone Piñon
Presented by/at 516 ARTS

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.

This exhibition was originated at the Craft & Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, where it was part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative and supported by major grants from the Getty Foundation. 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, 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 & Ray Smith, Postcommodity, Daisy Quezada Ureña, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Augustine Romero, Betsabeé Romero, Zinna Rudman, Mauricio Sáenz, Eduardo Sarabia, Agnes Seebass, Elizabeth Sisco, Louis Hock & David Avalos, Studio Rael San Fratello, F. Van Deren Coke, and 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.

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