As a native Californian, I feel incredibly lucky to have our special neighbor of Mexico. Mexico is an extraordinary country that has brought a lot of inspiration, vibrancy and beauty to our Californian culture. Therefore, in gratitude I will highlight two exhibitions in San Francisco that I recommend which clearly share some of the magnificence of this incredible country and culture. In Addition, make sure to visit the curated exhibition by Anna Nearburg and Evan Rieser in Space 151 before it closes on the 16th.
Aimee Friberg re-opens Cult Exhibitions in it's new location in the hopping area of NOPA with the exhibition VECINOS. With it's vibrant colors and elegant style, this exhibition includes a group of 5 prominent artists from Guadalajara, Mexico. VECINOS "explores the relationship between memory and place. With varied
types of production and distinct methodologies the artists explore notions of modernity, citizenship and socio-political impact. Each has an embedded micro-history that speaks to the narratives and traditions of place and a distinct socio-cultural landscape. Throughout the exhibition, these artists examine collective memory and individual perception, whether putting a lens to narratives that define place, or utilizing materials and processes associated with a specific region". This thoughtfully curated show by Friberg, clearly shows the vast talent of Mexican artists today.
Teotihuacan was one of the earliest and most thriving cities in all of Latin America. Today it is now the most visited archaeological site in Mexico as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 'Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire', through the artworks and architecture gives the viewer insight into the lives and culture of the people of this civilization. When wandering through the exhibition the magnitude and importance of the city is clearly present.
Linchpin, is the first collaboration between curators and gallerists Anna Nearburg and Evan Reiser in a fabulous location in Potrero called Space 151. The group exhibition consists of recent sculpture by artists Joe Ferriso, Conrad Guevara and Chelsea Pegram. The artists work's, all very architectural, come together very nicely in a space that lends itself perfectly to the show. I hope to see more collaborations going forward with Nearburg and Reiser.