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The Ages of Discrepancies

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mucaThe Age of Discrepancies: Art and Visual Culture in Mexico 1968–1997 is the first exhibition to offer a critical assessment of the artistic experimentation that took place in Mexico during the last three decades of the twentieth century. The exhibition carefully analyzes the origins and emergence of techniques, strategies, and modes of operation at a particularly significant moment of Mexican history, beginning with the 1968 Student Movement, until the Zapatista upraising in the State of Chiapas. The show includes work by a wide range of artists, including Francis Alÿs, Vicente Rojo, Jimmie Durham, Helen Escobedo, Julio Galán, Felipe Ehrenberg, José Bedia, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Francisco Toledo, Carlos Amorales, Melanie Smith, and Alejandro jodorowsky, among many others.

The Age of Discrepancies attempts to construct a narrative around the way different cultural trends contributed to the production of art. The show is built layer upon layer, providing an overview of diverse artistic genres, from painting and photography to poster design, installation, performance, experimental theater, super-8 cinema, video, music, poetry and popular culture, reconstructing specific moments of artistic experimentation, representative of diverse intellectual and visual tendencies which, as well as occurring simultaneously, competed as alternative models of cultural practice. The Age of Discrepancies offers a hypothetical genealogy for contemporary Mexican art (which is increasingly valued on a worldwide level), providing a context for social, political and technical developments.

A 484-page book, with scholarly essays by the curators and researchers for this project and 600 full-color illustrations, has been published by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in conjunction with Editorial Turner, to accompany the exhibition.

The Age of Discrepancies. Art and Visual Culture in Mexico 1968-1997 / La era de la discrepancia. Arte and cultura visual en México 1968-1997

Opening: Saturday, March 17, 2007, 1.30 p.m.
Exhibition dates: from March 17 to 30 September 2007
Curated by: Olivier Debroise, Pilar García de Germenos, Cuauhtémoc Medina and Avaro Vázquez Mantecón

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