The Other Mexico

The fifth edition of Texas Contemporary marked the launch of The Other Mexico, the fair’s dynamic partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs at The Mexican Consulate in Houston. Curated by Leslie Moody Castro, independent curator based in Mexico City, The Other Mexico made a tangible connection between the cities of Houston and Mexico City.

The first iteration of The Other Mexico featured seven galleries and project spaces, including Yautepec, Anonymous Gallery, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Galería Parque, Diagrama, MARSO, and Casa Maauad. Each space reflected the variety of cultural voices and spaces within the city, which offers an incredibly unique focal point within the global ecosystem of contemporary art.


Casa Maauad

Casa Maauad is an artist run, non-profit organization that supports artists through a residency program focused on production. Founded in 2010, Casa Maauad is a renovated home dating back 123 years, and is located in the San Rafael neighborhood of Mexico City. The building has been converted into a series of artists studios and gallery spaces that host international and national artists, critics, and curators in a series of residency programs that last throughout the year. Casa Maauad fully supports its residents in producing and diffusing their work. Each residency cycle culminates in an exhibition in the gallery spaces of the converted home. Artists become active participants in the contemporary arts ecosystem of Mexico City, both enriching it, and being enriched by it.

Image: William Powhida, What Not to Make Art About in Sunny Mexico, 2014, Graphite, colored pencil, and watercolor on paper, 30 x 22 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Casa Maauad.

MARSO is an independent curatorial initiative and art gallery dedicated to the promotion of international contemporary art in Mexico and Mexican contemporary art abroad. Through its commitment to a rigorous curatorial selection, MARSO has developed a dynamic program of exhibitions, as well as collaborations with museums, foundations, and cultural institutions in Mexico and abroad. In addition to producing an annual calendar of gallery exhibitions, MARSO hosts an artist residency program, runs an artist workshop, and produces SalaSeis, a space for interdisciplinary experimentation.

Image: Karyn Olivier, Winter Hung to Dry, 2003, Courtesy of MARSO.

Yautepec is a contemporary art gallery in Mexico City, founded in 2008 by Brett W Schultz (b. Chicago, 1978) and Daniela Elbahara (b. Monterrey, 1978). Its program engages, in broad terms, with a poetics of the built environment and of the construction of culture, at a moment in which these elements are increasingly interfacing with –or becoming inseparable from– the screen. Although this dialog is international, Yautepec’s program takes Mexico City as its specific context and most of its artists either live in or have a distinct relationship to the city.

Image: Tomás Díaz Cedeño, Al fondo está la carretera, todo está rodeado de arboles al frente, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Yautepec.
Galería Enrique Guerrero

Enrique Guerrero Gallery was established in the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City in 1997 after a decade of intense collaboration between cultural institutions both in Mexico and internationally. While Enrique Guerrero Gallery maintains its focus in contemporary art, Enrique Guerrero Gallery represents a young group of emerging artists who are committed to exploring the various and diverse medium that make of the visual arts, including painting, sculpture, photography, video, performance, and installation. Enrique Guerrero Gallery supports annual exhibitions and activities that foster the successful development of the artists it represents while concurrently keeping its programming fresh and experimental.

Image: Beatrice Zamora, El Negro 1531, Mixed Technique, 1998, 120 x 100 centimeters, Courtesy of the artist and Galería Enrique Guerrero.
Anonymous Gallery

Anonymous Gallery was established September of 2008 in New York’s Lower East Side, and 2011 marked the inauguration of the gallery location in Mexico City. With the goal of providing a platform for contemporary art, public art, and community involvement, the gallery has been committed to presenting ambitious projects from emerging and mid-career artists, while never shying away from historical context. Various exhibitions have also included artworks from established artists such as Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekas, Ray Johnson, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Donald Baechler, Ross Bleckner, Tom Sachs, and many others.

Image: Todd Eberle Untitled (Cosmos: Heavens), 2014, Digital inkjet print, Unique print, 88.6 x 59.8 in / 225 x 152 cm Unframed. Courtesy of the artist and Anonymous Gallery.

Founded in October of 2012, Diagrama is a not-for-profit, artist run project that generates a platform for dialog, criticism, and reflection specifically around contemporary painting. Located in an historic colonial home in the San Rafael neighborhood of Mexico City, the project operates through the generosity of donations, sponsors, and the support of the founding members. Diagrama has an established program of exhibitions, screenings, and round table discussions, where artists, curators, and critics have established a platform around the diverse possibilities of painting and its relationship with other disciplines within contemporary art. In addition to its regular programming, the project also promotes exchange that enriches its mission and promotes cross-cultural pollination beyond borders.

Image: Verónica Bapé, Hombre mirando, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Diagrama.
Parque Galería

Parque Galería will open its doors in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City in September of 2015. Parque was founded as a space that focuses on supporting and promoting artists whose work has a critical interest and analysis of the multiple relationships between art and contemporary political and social context. Parque is committed to presenting work that reveals oppressive structures which are oftentimes not recognized as such.

Image: Livia Corona-Benjamin, Day Worker at Home Expansion Site. Cancun, Mexico, 2011. Chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Parque