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La casa que nos inventamos
Two large ceramic vases and accompanying boxes sit in the middle of a gallery. Behind them are geometric paintings, a wall of colorful canvases, a concrete cactus and a checkerboard wall.

La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara

La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara

Sept. 23, 2022 – Jan. 9, 2023
Eleanor Kirkpatrick Main Gallery

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A geometric logo resembling the profile of a head with long blue hair overlaid colorful shapes. Text underneath reads "La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara."

La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara provides an opportunity to consider how, since the 2000s, one city in Mexico has built upon its rich cultural history as the capital of the state of Jalisco to become a leading hub of contemporary architecture, design, cuisine, literature and visual art.

In recent decades, the social and economic impact of culturally dynamic communities has been widely recognized. The exhibition La casa que nos inventamos, which translates to “The house that we invented,” reflects on and responds to place — to the rich and complicated history, present and future of a creative community. It features nearly 50 conceptual artworks — paintings, sculptures, installations, performances — created within the last decade by nearly 20 visual artists from or living in Guadalajara. Featured in the survey are works by figures who rose to international prominence in the 2000s — Jose Dávila, Eduardo Sarabia, Francisco Ugarte — as well as by a generation of artists — Isa Carrillo, peach, Renata Petersen — who have gained greater attention in recent years.

La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara is guest curated by Viviana Kuri, director and chief curator of the Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ) in Guadalajara, and includes artworks not only in the gallery, but also outdoor sculptures, performances, public programs, a catalogue and a Guadalajara artist in residence in Oklahoma City. Through focusing on one dynamic art scene across platforms, the project provides a moment to consider the many factors — strong art museums and schools, generous supporters and galleries, plentiful studios and collective spaces — that together make a city’s creative community distinctive, resilient, and enduring.

A brighly colored quilt hung on a wall reads "You are the magic, you are the light."
peach, (picnics), 2022.

The exhibition includes artworks by artists Octavio Abúndez, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Zazil Barba, Julieta Beltrán, Isa Carrillo, Claudia Cisneros, Hiram Constantino, Jose Dávila, Florencia Guillén, Cynthia Gutiérrez, Carmen Huizar, Gonzalo Lebrija, Jorge Méndez Blake, peach, Renata Petersen, Daniela Ramírez, Gabriel Rico, Eduardo Sarabia and Francisco Ugarte.

La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara is a collaboration between Oklahoma Contemporary and guest curator Viviana Kuri, director and chief curator of the Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ) in Guadalajara, Mexico.


This exhibition is supported by Richard and Glenna Tanenbaum, Ed and Jodi Sanchez, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Skip and Joan Cunningham, G. David Neff and Suzanne Peck, The Colcord Hotel, CNS Productions, George Records, The E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, The Chickasaw Nation, The Kanady Family, Annie Bohanon, Velocigo, Ron Suttles, and Ann Sherman Photography.


Images:

Installation view of La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara. Photo by Alex Marks.

La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara logo, created by Museo de Arte de Zapopan's Paulina Magos in collaboration with Oklahoma Contemporary's Marie Butterline.

peach, (picnics), 2022. Quilt, prompts, notebook. Photo by Alex Marks.

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