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THIRTEEN YEARS AFTER ITS BALLYHOOED emergence in San Diego and Tijuana, “inSite” is approaching art-world adolescence and, like many confused, hormone-addled young adults, finds itself experiencing both a growth spurt and something of an identity crisis. The binational, collaborative-oriented art exhibition’s first appearance in 1992 occurred in an era of massive political transformations on a global scale: Walls everywhere seemed to be tumbling down. Accordingly, on the academic front, there was a theoretical fascination with “borders,” migration, and hybridities of all sorts and, in art-world discourse, a coterminous confidence in visual art’s ability to engage a public in order to reveal political inequalities and potentialities. This was a moment—one remembers it with a certain fond wistfulness—in which one often heard talk of a megalopolis (re)uniting Tijuana and San Diego, just as

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