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In the last several years, contemporary artists from Guadalajara have been gaining global attention from the city’s new arts and crafts movement. "SABER ACOMODAR" is a landmark exhibition that, for the first time, tells the story of art from the state of Jalisco in Mexico.
Focusing on the last hundred years of production, the exhibition showcases collaborations between artists and artisans (potters, carpenters, blacksmiths, jewelers, sign painters and printmakers) who work and live in western Mexico. The result of these intersections is the integration of contemporary ideas, precolonial techniques and methods introduced by the Spanish.
Recently, artists have employed traditional materials and practices to produce complex conceptual objects and installations.
Comprised of work by 25 artists, the majority of whom are from Guadalajara, the exhibition explores the integration of contemporary ideas with traditional techniques.
This exhibition is guest curated by Patrick Charpenel, the recently-appointed executive director of El Museo del Barrio in New York. It is co-organized by the MCA Denver and co-presented by CALA Alliance, with support from the Helme Prinzen Endowment, Maestro Dobel Tequila, Cattryn Somers and Michael Cafiso, Mary Byrd, Jeff and Mary Ehret, Diane Harrison, Laura and Herb Roskind, and Sharisse Johnson.
Image credit: Jorge Pardo, "Untitled," 2014. Seven hand-painted ceramic light fixtures, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Cerámica Suro.