La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara
Sept. 22, 2022 – Jan. 9, 2023
Eleanor Kirkpatrick Main Gallery
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 we invented,” reflects on and responds to place — to the rich and complicated history, present and future of a creative community. It features nearly 40 conceptual artworks — paintings, sculptures, installations, performances — created within the last decade by nearly two dozen 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 Carillo, Larissa Garza, 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.
The exhibition includes artworks by artists Octavio Abúndez, Alejandro Almanza, Zazil Barba, Julieta Beltrán, Isa Carrillo, Claudia Cisneros, Hiram Constantino, Jose Dávila, Larissa Garza, Florencia Guillén, Cynthia Gutiérrez, Carmen Huizar, Gonzálo Lebrija, Jorge Méndez Blake, 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 the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Skip and Joan Cunningham, Glenna and Richard Tanenbaum, Annie Bohanon, The Chickasaw Nation, The Kanady Family, George Records and Velocigo.
Images: Cynthia Gutiérrez, No pertenecemos a la misma Tierra III, 2021. MDF, lacquer and Barro Canelo technique water vessel by José Isabel Pajarito Fajardo. 23.6 x 35.4 x 11.8 in. Photo: Luisa Fernanda Gutiérrez, courtesy of the artist. Gabriel Rico, I Have Anticipated You III, 2019. Ceramic and sand. 66.9 x 66.9 x 27.6 in. Image courtesy of the artist.