The Armory Center for the Arts presents "Down and to the Left: Reflections on Mexico in the NAFTA Era," documenting the 1990s, an era of fervent change and crisis throughout Mexico.
The 1990s were a period of fervent change and crisis throughout Mexico. With the decade's emergent transnationalism and neoliberal thrust, boundaries between the local and global all but vanished. The formal push of NAFTA ushered in that process and helped define that decade in Mexico and throughout North America. Many in Mexico—artists, activists, and others—reacted against it, predicting a disaster. The works included here depict the socioeconomic and political climate of the era.
Exhibiting artists include Carlos Aguirre, Yollotl Alvarado, Judith Barry, Nao Bustamante, Cráter Invertido, Minerva Cuevas, Rafael Doniz, Andrés Garay, Maya Goded, Lourdes Grobet, Luis G. Hernandez, Fred Lonidier, Pedro Meyer, Sarah Minter, Grupo Proceso Pentágono, Daniela Rossell, Javier Téllez, Antonio Turok, and Pedro Valtierra. This exhibition was conceived of and organized by Irene Tsatsos, Director of Exhibition Programs/Chief Curator, and co-organized with contributing curator Daniela Lieja.