Delimitations: A Survey of the 1821 United States-Mexico Border

In 2014, artists Marcos Ramírez Erre and David Taylor set out to trace the historical 1821 border between Mexico and the western territories of the United States. That border stretched from the present-day Oregon/California state line to the Gulf of Mexico just west of Louisiana and previously existed only as a reference on historic maps and treaty documents because it had never been surveyed or physically marked. Erre and Taylor asked the question, “What would Mexico and the United States look like if that boundary had been fully realized?” Runs July 22 to November 27.

Moris: Beautiful Landscape

In his Hermoso Paisaje series, Moris creates makeshift shelters and furniture using found materials such as garbage, tarps, and cardboard. These installations are made from the material remains of the urban landscape they recreate. Informed by art history, ethnography, and activism, the artist’s works are almost portraits of the city, capturing their wastefulness. Runs July 22 to November 27.

Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin

Artwork by Chicano artists including established figures such as Carlos Almaraz, John Valadez, and Margaret Garcia, as well as younger emerging artists such as Wenceslao Quiroz and Carlos Donjuan, whose work demonstrates a range of techniques from watercolor and aquatint to pastel and mixed media. The visual arts were integral to the Chicano movement of the mid-1960s and continue to be a powerful tool for Mexican-American and Chicano communities to voice the issues that affect them today. The works’ emotive images draw on myriad sources, such as pre-Hispanic symbols, post-revolutionary nationalistic Mexican motives, and contemporary urban culture. Runs July 22 to November 27.

Ruben Ochoa

Ruben Ochoa makes use of common construction materials to create imposing sculptural installations that intervene into the existing built environment. His sculptures — in addition to his drawings, photography, and public projects — move beyond the materials’ direct references to construction and labor in order to generate new associations between aesthetics, architecture, and class. Part of a generation of Mexican-American artists who are engaging in new approaches to identity and cultural politics, Ochoa lays claim to conceptual and minimal art practices from the 1960s and 1970s. Runs July 22 to November 27.

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