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Contemporary art exhibit finds parallels between Oklahoma City and Guadalajara

A unique collaboration between art communities in Oklahoma City and Guadalajara opens to the public on September 23 across the campus of the nonprofit Oklahoma Contemporary, a new cultural destination whose mission is to provide accessible, inclusive arts experiences for children and adults.

The exhibit “La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara” provides “an opportunity to consider how, since the 2000s, one city in Mexico has built upon its rich cultural history as the capital of the state of Jalisco to become a leading hub of contemporary architecture, design, cuisine, literature and visual art,” notes an Oklahoma Contemporary press release.

Guest curated by Viviana Kuri, director and chief curator of the Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ), the exhibition features nearly 50 conceptual artworks—paintings, sculptures, installations, performances— created within the last decade by 19 visual artists from or living in Guadalajara. Featured in the survey are works by figures who rose to international prominence in the 2000s—Gonzalo Lebrija, Jose Dávila, Eduardo Sarabia, Francisco Ugarte—as well as by a generation of artists—Isa Carillo, Larissa Garza, Renata Petersen—who have gained greater attention in recent years.

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