Recuerdos: Nostalgia on the Periphery
University of North Texas Art Gallery
November 9 through December 18, 2010
Conversations about shared memories of life in Mexico City — and the objects, colors and smells that can inspire those memories — became the inspiration for Recuerdos: Nostalgia on the Periphery, a mixed media art exhibition at the University of North Texas exploring contemporary Mexican art.
The exhibition of video art, photography, sculptural work and paintings by emerging and established artists will be on display Nov. 9 (Tuesday) through Dec. 18 (Saturday) at the UNT Art Gallery in the UNT Art Building, one block west of Mulberry and Welch streets.
“The genesis of this exhibition was the conversations between Adriana Martinez and me as we talked about our shared memories of life in Mexico City,” said Victoria Estrada Berg DeCuir, assistant director of the UNT Art Gallery and a co-curator with Martinez, a doctoral student in the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design. Both were born in Mexico and spent their formative years there.
“When Adriana and I began to look at contemporary art work from Mexico, we saw a lot of textural objects and non-traditional materials,” DeCuir said. “The materials and images in this exhibition reference aspects of Mexican life and culture. For example, we have works using cast resin made to resemble volcanic rock — which is very specific to the geography of Mexico and Mexico City.”
Another artist stacked a hundred copies of a map of Mexico and carved each one concentrically to create what looks like an epicenter — as if an earthquake centers on Mexico City.
“The works in this exhibition also communicate abstractly about life as a Mexican citizen living in a sprawling urban environment surrounded by millions of people whose lives constantly intersect a culture that is simultaneously ancient and ultra-modern, and the life of Mexican immigrants distanced from their native culture,” DeCuir said. “The experiences of those who live in Mexico’s cities and the memories of those who live elsewhere are recorded and depicted through images and objects laden with cultural and traditional heritage and the nostalgia of captured experience.”
The exhibition has been organized as part of the yearlong commemoration of the bicentennial of Mexican Independence from Spain and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, marked by cultural institutions throughout Dallas/Fort Worth, and is funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the UNT Fine Arts Series.
Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.gallery.unt.edu or call 940-565-4316.
All of the following events are free.
- 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Nov. 9 (Tuesday) — Artist Lupita Murillo Tinnen will speak about her work during a History of Photography class. Room 223 of the UNT Art Building.
- 4:30 – 6 p.m. Nov. 9 (Tuesday) — Opening reception. UNT Art Gallery.
- 12:30 p.m. Nov. 18 (Thursday) — Curator Adriana Martinez talks about visual culture and theory as a curatorial influence. UNT Art Gallery in the UNT Art Building.
- 1 p.m. Nov. 19 (Friday) – Artist Irma Martinez Sizer talks about her work. UNT Art Gallery in the UNT Art Building.
Participating artists are:
- Balam Bartolomé (Born in Chiapas, Mexico; lives and works in Mexico City) — Mixed media, installation, sculpture.
- Hector de Anda (Lives and works in Mexico City) — Painting, installation.
- Mariana Gullco (Born in Buenos Aires; lives and works in Oaxaca) — Mixed media, installation.
- Hugo Kiehnle (Lives and works in Mexico City) — Video.
- Perla Krauze (Born in Mexico City; lives and works in Mexico City) — Sculpture.
- Irma Sizer (Born in Mexico City; lives and works in Lubbock) — Photographs, printmaking, artist book.
- Lupita Murillo Tinnen (Born in Fort Worth; lives and works in Plano) — Photographs.