In 2011 we launched our Artist-in-Residence Program, which brings together Mexican Artists and cultural and artistic institutions in the Washington, DC area. The artists are housed at the renovated carriage house at the rear of the Institute (shown above), where they complete projects with local artistic institutions on an invitation-only basis and engage with local schools. This ambitious initiative will be an on-going part of the Mexican Cultural Institute's programming and will work to encourage and facilitate international partnerships between Mexican artists and cultural institutions in the United States.
Not only does this program give Mexican artists a valuable opportunity to hone their craft in an international arena, but it also exposes residents and visitors of Washington to the vibrancy of Mexico's creative arts scene.
Contemporary artist Carlos Amorales (Mexico City, 1970) was the first participant of the program, residing in the Carriage House while in Washington working with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden as part of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.
In November 2011, the Mexican Cultural Institute's Artists in Residence Program had the pleasure to host renowned Mexican Photographer Pablo Ortiz Monasterio. Visit the link to the Corcoran College of Art + Design here.
In June 2012, the program welcomed Mexican artists Ricardo Rendón and Marco Rountree, who have been working on two site-specific projects as part of the exhibition Mexico: Expected/Unexpected, which presents selected works from the Isabel and Agustín Coppel Collection at the American University's Katzen Arts Center from June 9 through August 12, 2012. Eduardo Abaroas and Sofia Taboa followed in early 2013, working at the Corcoran College of Art & Design, lecturing and critiquing student work. In September and October, 2013, Fernando Méndez Corona and Marco Vera from the Mexicali Rose Art Center will visit Corcoran to give lectures and work with students.
Mexicali Rose Centro de Arte/Medios (Mexicali Rose Art/Media Center), a grassroots community space that hosts art and film making workshops, film screenings, and exhibitions of local and international works of art in Mexicali, Baja California. Unlike the film and music that characterize the "rose" as a fragile delicate flower wilting in the desert waiting for an American messiah to rescue it, Mexicali Rose has been the community's way of asserting itself, reclaiming the ability citizens have to transform their own communities and spaces.
In Spring 2012, Mexicali Rose took a segment of the work they've done to New York City, where they exhibited at Artists Space—The New York times called the exhibit both "adventurous" and "inventive."
From the 28th of September to the 26th of October 2013, two architects of the Mexicali Rose movement, Marco Vera and Fernando Méndez Corona are partnering with the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC to give lectures, work with students, and provide their invaluable experience creating and cultivating their successful art space in Mexicali. Click here for more information on events featuring these talented luminaries.
Fernando Méndez Corona studied painting at Mexico's National Institute for Fine Arts before specializing in the human figure at Pratt in Seattle. He has exhibited throughout North America, and has recently completed murals in Costa Rica, Berlin, New Mexico, Mexicali, and Tijuana, among other places.
Marco Vera received a degree in Film Studies, specializing in media at SDSU in 2002. He founded Mexicali Rose in 2007, and has served as its director ever since. Before Mexicali Rose, Vera worked as a production assistant for celebrated Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein and as a musical supervisor for TV shows in Hollywood.
Eduardo Abaroa (Mexico City, 1968) has been a prominent figure in the art scene of Mexico since the 1990s. He founded and worked in the artist-run space Temistocles 44, and he has exhibited in solo and group shows in Mexico, Los Angeles, New York, Argentina, Canada, and Germany. At the Institute, he will be accompanied by his wife, Sofia Taboas (Mexico City, 1968) a respected artist whose evocative, ambiguous works have been shown all over Mexico. They will serve as visiting lecturers at Corcoran College of Art and Design while serving as the Mexican Cultural Institute's Artists-in-Residence in November 2012.
Ricardo Rendón (Mexico, 1970) received his BFA from the La Esmeralda National School of Painting, Engraving and Sculpture. He has received numerous international accolades, and his works have been exhibited in the most important contemporary art museums and forums including the Reina Sofía , the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Videobrasil, Videolisboa, the UCSD University Art Gallery, the Museo Experimental El Eco, the Museo Tamayo, the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, the Museo de Arte Moderno, the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) and the Laboratorio Arte Alameda. Gathering different materials and incorporating multiple solutions, the works of Rendón act as a complex diary where actions are registered, documented and accumulated. A sheet of paper, a wood board, or an exhibition space is transformed into a setting determined by the creative experience, an ambience where the work is presented as a fact and evidence of the creative execution. Rendón's work can currently be found in myriad of contemporary art collections such as CIFO in Miami, Colección Jumex, the Coppel Collection, Mexico City's MUAC and Quebec's Fondation Daniel Langlois.
Marco Rountree (Mexico, 1982) is a self-taught artist who started his career in 1996 painting graffiti in Canada and Mexico. In his work, Rountree takes ownership of the residuals of today's culture, rearranging images or waste found in the streets, with the intention of exploring the dynamics of contemporary societies and cultures. Marco's art has been featured in exhibitions at major international public and private venues including the Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Colección Jumex, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Museo de Arte de Queretaro, Mexico, Galería Desiré Saint Phalle, Mexico, Gallerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, and Travesía 4 Gallery, Madrid, and can also be found in important contemporary art collections such as the Colección Jumex and the Isabel & Agustín Coppel Collection.
Pablo Ortíz Monasterio (Mexico City, 1952) is a photographer, editor, curator, publisher and educator whose recent work, White Mountain, explores the home of the indigenous pre-Columbian Zapotec civilization. Monasterio has had solo exhibitions in Museo de Arte Moderno, Centro de la Imagen, and Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, and in museums/galleries around the world. In 2001 he was the curator of the PhotoEspaña festival in Madrid.
Monasterio, a visiting artist in conjunction with the Corcoran College of Art and Design, will observe classes and critique students' work in the Photography department at Corcoran College, give public lectures on photography, and serve as a Reviewer during FotoWeek DC's Portfolio Reviews at the Corcoran, among other engagements.
Carlos Amorales (Mexico City, 1970) was the first participant of the program,
residing in the Carriage House while in Washington working with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden as part of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Carlos set an impressive
precedent for a high caliber of artist at the Carriage House, as he is one of Mexico's pre-eminent artists, whose multifaceted artistic production includes performance, animation,
painting, drawing, and sculpture. Having taken part in major international exhibitions including the 50th Venice Biennale (2003) and showcasing his work in the museum collections of the
Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, Carlos
Amorales was a welcome figure at the Carriage House here at the Institute.
This project is partially supported by the Fundación/Colección Isabel y Agustín Coppel, the Corcoran College of Art and Design and the Mex-Am Cultural Foundation.