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The Galleries at Moore Receives $240,000 Grant in Support of Its Exhibition Strange Currencies

June 17, 2014



PHILADELPHIA, June 17 -- Moore College of Art & Design issued the following news release:

The Galleries at Moore has received a $240,000 grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to support Strange Currencies, an exhibition that will critically re-examine the emergence and development of unorthodox, non-institutional artistic practices in Mexico City in the 1990s. During this time a series of economic and political events, including the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, and a catastrophic economic crisis caused enormous social upheaval and recession, setting the stage for collective and 'do-it-yourself' art practices that profoundly altered the dynamics of the local art scene.

Strange Currencies, scheduled for September 2015 - December 2015, will present a nuanced and richly contextualized account of this period and avoid the tendency to sensationalize and mythologize it. Rather than focusing on genre and medium, the exhibition will illuminate the conditions in which the works were produced and the pieces will be carefully chosen for their ability to provide a deeper understanding of the lesser-known history of this important decade. Strange Currencies will emphasize not only what artists at the time were making, but what they were making happen, and will explore the rise of independent art spaces during the 1990s - spaces that emerged as alternatives to official, state-supported art institutions that were unwilling to consider new forms of artistic production or comprehend the nation's cultural transformations at that time.

"We are deeply grateful to The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for its support of Strange Currencies," stated Kaytie Johnson, The Galleries' Rochelle F. Levy Director and Chief Curator. "The primary goal of the exhibition is to acknowledge and (re)present alternative accounts and perspectives that have not been explored in other exhibitions and to recapture the 'undergroundedness' and funkiness that defined that decade's artistic milieu."

The artists being considered for the exhibition were all active in Mexico City in the 1990s and include: Eduardo Abaroa, Francis Alys, Marco Arce, Gustavo Artigas, Inaki Bonillas, Miguel Calderon, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Minerva Cuevas, Electronic Disturbance Theater, Claudia Fernandez, Thomas Glassford, Silvia Gruner, Diego Gutierrez, Daniel Guzman, Jonathan Hernandez, Gabriel Kuri, Teresa Margolles, Yoshua Okon, Damian Ortega, Gabriel Orozco, Fernando Ortega, Luis Felipe Ortega, Ruben Ortiz Torres, Vicente Razo, Pedro Reyes, Daniela Rossell, Santiago Sierra, Melanie Smith, Sofia Taboas, Laureana Toledo, Pablo Vargas Lugo and Lorena Wolffer.

The Galleries at Moore are located at Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street and The Parkway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For information, please visit http://moore.edu/the-galleries-at-moore or call 215-965-4027.

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