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Art May, 20 2009

Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art From Mexico City

Celebrating a new wave of Mexican artists Escultura Social includes sculpture, paintings, and a selection of works by Dr. Lakra (on of Mexico City’s best known tattooists). The exhibit is on view at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art.

This exhibition explores recent developments in contemporary art in Mexico City through the theme of escultura social (social sculpture), a term derived from the German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys, who proposed that sculpture, if made from everyday materials and displayed in a “real world” setting, has the potential to affect society most broadly. The show focuses on works by a generation of young artists who came to maturity in Mexico City in the 1990s. It focuses on four themes: the transformation of everyday materials, social engagement with the public, the role of language and text in contemporary art, and the impact of music, popular media and performance.

Escultura Social remains on view until June 7, 2009. A few of Dr. Lakra’s pieces follow the jump.

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