This month Art Club explores ACCA’s exhibition Dwelling Poetically: Mexico City, a case study curated by Chris Sharp.
One of the great cross-roads of north America, Mexico City has taken prominence not only as one of America’s most populous urban centres, and as Latin America’s strongest economy, but as a node of rich and potent cultural production. This is in part thanks to a whole generation of artists from the ‘90s which include Francis Alÿs, Abraham Cruzvillegas and Melanie Smith as well as a burgeoning, much-discussed contemporary scene. Authored by the city as much as they are authors of it, these artists are crucial factors in the development and cultivation of Mexico City, as place, myth, metropolis and site of cultural production in the global imaginary. Dwelling Poetically is intended as a portrait of the city itself–albeit partial and subjective–and a case study of, if not the capital, then certainly one of the capitals of the 21st century, and a reflection upon the megalopolis today.
Art Club meets monthly both at ACCA and offsite to explore and discuss the wide-ranging subjects and strategies that inspire artists, curators and audiences. In 2018, Art Club will meet eight times per year from February–November on Thursday nights, 6–8pm with members of ACCA’s curatorial team and special guests.