The Tamayo is the Mexico City host for "Phantom Sightings," the LACMA-originated exhibit on "art after the Chicano Movement." What's that? That's art made by Mexican Americans in the decades since the height of the Chicano political movement and, through the curators' filter, work that is mostly conceptual in nature. The foundational influence running through much of the exhibit is the ground-breaking Asco collective.
Curator Rita Gonzalez and several of the artists were at the Tamayo on Tuesday for a press conference and a walk-through with arts reporters from the D.F. dailies. True to the Chicano social reality, much of the back-and-forth happened through an English-Spanish translator. Above, Ruben Ochoa discusses his "Freeway Wall Intervention" as it is being mounted.
Here is Mexico City's chance to see cutting-edge contemporary art made by its hyphenated cultural compatriots north of the border. "Phantom Sightings" opens as "Aparaciones Fantasmales" on Thursday night, October 16, at the Museo Tamayo in Chapultepec Park.