New York

“Art of the Other Mexico”

El Museo del Barrio

Dedicated to César Chávez, “Art of the Other Mexico: Sources and Meanings” examined the complexities of bicultural identity through 70 new and recent works by 20 artists. The common denominator here was a focus on the rich traditions of Mexican visual culture: contemporary Chicano experience was explored through the recuperation of Mexican folk, religious, and urban traditions. While in the late ’60s this strategy of cultural reclamation was viewed as a direct form of resistance to the dominant Anglo culture, today such fervid political agendas have been replaced by the more amorphous goals of identity politics. Informed more by the desire to explore the dual nature of Chicano identity than to effect political change, curators René H. Arceo-Frutos, Juana Guzmán, and Amalia Mesa-Bains attempted to reveal the virtual Mexico alive in the hearts, minds, and work of American artists of Mexican

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