previews

  • Abraham Cruzvillegas, Aeropuerto Alterno, 2002, mixed media, dimensions variable.

    “Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites”

    Walker Art Center
    725 Vineland Place
    March 23 - September 22

    Curated by Clara Kim

    Born and raised in Mexico, Abraham Cruzvillegas has a close familiarity with autoconstrucciónes—communally constructed environments characterized by formal inventiveness with limited means—and they have inspired much of his work. In this urban context, poetic and ephemeral actions often come from a place of DIY-spirited social resistance, as statements against the false privileges of monumentality. Fittingly, then, some of Cruzvillegas’s strongest works have been fragile assemblages and simple, chance-based actions, such as those he created (and left undocumented) for Documenta 13. This major solo exhibition and its catalogue promise to offer an exhaustive survey of the past two decades of this artist’s work—an ambitious undertaking of a sort that has curiously (or sadly?) not yet been essayed in the artist’s native country.