"The Exaltation of Life and Death"
At the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso
This exhibition will be taking place at a time in both Mexico and the United States will be in great need of reaffirming their close relationship with one another…a reaffirming of the economic, political, social and cultural bonds which need to survive the divisive rhetoric of the present US administration. Deepening commercial ties created a flourishing Mexican–American community in Mexico itself, one that has influenced Mexico’s culture just as much as ours. In the past two decades, Mexicans have developed a unique ethos, allowing them to feel every bit as North American as they do Latin American. It would be in our best interest not to revert to the old state of affairs.
Here lies the danger in dismantling what we’ve built over the last 20-plus years: North America today is no mere agglomeration of countries; it’s a unified continent, each of its three parts thriving off the prosperity of the whole.
This exhibit is the collaboration of two American female artists, who live and work in Mexico and have been greatly influenced by the powerful aesthetic that shape the art of that country, with one of the historical and up-and-coming venues of contemporary art in the heart of Mexico’s capital.
ANTIGUO COLEGIO DE SAN ILDEFONSO
The Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso was one of the most important educational establishments in the capital of New Spain. Its creation by the Jesuits dates back to 1558.
The San Ildefonso is today a museum and a cultural center considered to be the birthplace of the Mexican muralism movement, including some of Mexico’s finest: Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco. San Ildefonso Museo now regularly organizes performances, festivals, public lectures, and performing arts events, in addition to art exhibitions. This magnificent building is located behind the Zocalo, in the very heart of Mexico City.