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  • Rometti Costales, Antonin Atónito, 2015, andesite on ink-jet print, 17 1/2 × 11 5/8 × 3 3/8". From “Artaud 1936.”

    “Artaud 1936”

    Museo Tamayo
    Paseo de la Reforma No. 51
    February 8 - May 20

    Curated by Manuel Cirauqui

    “I came to Mexico to look for a new idea of man,” wrote Antonin Artaud in the summer of 1936, a few months into his year-and-a-half-long sojourn in the Americas. Financially strapped and strung out, the poète maudit had arrived from Paris on a grant; while in the country, he wrote prolifically, gave lectures, and lived for a time in the mountains with the Tarahumara, witnessing their rituals and experimenting with peyote. As was the case for so much of his short life, Artaud’s time in Mexico was framed by his search for ecstatic authenticity and revolutionary potentiality. His travels there had a profound effect on him, just as his work had a dramatic impact on those who came after him. “Artaud 1936” will explore the artist’s legacy through a wide-ranging selection of works—not only by Artaud, but also by his peers and by artists from later generations. Artifacts from the pre-Hispanic period will provide a complementary sampling of Artaud’s inspirations, and a catalogue will feature texts by scholars, artists, and poets.  

  • Chto Delat, It Did Not Happen with Us Yet. Safe Haven, 2017, two-channel HD video, color, sound, 42 minutes.

    “CHTO DELAT: WHEN WE THOUGHT WE HAD ALL THE ANSWERS, LIFE CHANGED THE QUESTIONS”

    Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC)
    Insurgentes Sur 3000 Centro Cultural Universitario Delegación Coyoacán
    November 11 - April 22

    Curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina and Alejandra Labastida

    Chto Delat is a group of writers, philosophers, and artists that takes its name, which translates to “What is to be done?” from the title of an 1863 novel by the political revolutionary Nikolay Chernyshevsky (a title lifted by Lenin for his own 1902 tract). Since its founding in 2003, the Saint Petersburg–based collective has applied the eponymous query to both the specific situation in Russia and the larger systems of global capitalism. For its first solo presentation in Mexico, Chto Delat tests what value a self-organized collective holds today—a question made all the more pressing in the wake of the Russian government’s increasing restriction of freedom of assembly. Accompanied by a catalogue compiling the group’s key texts in both Spanish and English, the survey centers around a new film that looks to the Zapatistas for an alternative model of civil resistance.