San Diego

“inSITE 97”

Various Venues

For the third installment of “inSITE,” a binationally organized triennial of art from the Americas, forty-two site-specific projects dotted the decidedly unidentical twin cities of Tijuana and San Diego with just about any kind of work post-Conceptual appetites might fancy—that is, anything except painting. Multicultural chic gone continental, “inSITE 97” was further proof that it no longer matters whether you’re in Buenos Aires, Tijuana, or Vancouver: wherever you are, you can just as easily drink Coca-Cola, watch The Simpsons, and enjoy pretty much the same generic contemporary art.

Even though most of the participating artists aren’t yet major-league players, together their work represented a panorama of the maneuvers favored by today’s avant-garde establishment, much like more celebrated mega-shows. Moreover, quality here had little to do with stature—an indication that these days

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