New York

“Mexico City: An Exhibition about the Exchange Rates of Bodies and Values”

MoMA PS1

With the art-world radar now trained on the slightest aesthetic stirrings in every corner of the globe, it’s only a matter of time before a local scene is written up, mated, and dispensed to a wider audience. Given the buzz around Mexico as a hot cultural exporter, “Mexico City: An Exhibition about the Exchange Rates of Bodies and Values” might have been another attempt by American and European art institutions to capitalize on foreign trends. But the show’s weighty conceptual title signaled that this grouping of some twenty like-minded artists was a serious endeavor. As presented by P.S. 1 curator Klaus Biesenbach, Mexico City’s having its moment meant seeing good art, including some good political art. “Mexico City” was intended to be complicated, provocative, and troubling and for the most part kept its promise.

For reasons that weren’t fully elaborated by the institution, the show

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