Above, L.A.-based artist Ruben Ortiz-Torres at the survey of Mexican mail art, at the Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Sunday, November 15, 2009. We were standing over the display of mail art by Marcos Kurtycz, one of those many figures in cultural history who, self-exiled from somewhere else in the world, submits to the seduction of Mexico, and then flourishes.
"I have pieces from him," Ortiz-Torres told me. "He would meet you, shake your hand, and give you something."
One of the displays includes an UNAM thesis on mail art in Mexico during its peak in the early 1980s. Ortiz-Torres identified two shows in a chronological graph in which he participated, early in his career as an artist. Check out more images here and here.
* Previously, "Mexico as muse for Anni and Josef Albers."