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  • “TRANSITIVE BODIES: PERFORMANCE ART IN MEXICO”

    Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC)
    Insurgentes Sur 3000 Centro Cultural Universitario Delegación Coyoacán
    February 2–June 16

    Curated by Cristian Aravena, Sol Henaro, Alejandra Moreno, and Brian Smith

    Performance art in Mexico is broad in scope and hetero­geneous in style. It took root in the 1970s, when pro­ponents of the medium ushered in their postmodern sensibility while drawing inspiration from their country’s popular cultural and religious traditions, from masked wrestling and ranchero balladry to the gestures and iconog­raphy of Catholicism. They introduced feminist aesthetics, upended Mexico’s dominant pictorial tradition, and elab­orated models of socially engaged collective practice. Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo has amassed an impressive collection of ephemera, photography, and video that showcases these artists’ contributions from the past forty­-five years. “Transitive Bodies: Performance Art in Mexico” will feature approximately 250 pieces, primarily from MUAC’s archives, that document performances by Felipe Ehrenberg, César Martínez, Astrid Hadad, and oth­ers, as well as celebrated collectives such as SEMEFO (the acronym stands for Forensic Medical Service), Sindicato del Terror (Terror Syndicate), and Polvo de Gallina Negra (Black Hen Powder), the first Mexican feminist group.