Baruch College's Mishkin Gallery Shows
the Work of Contemporary Mexican Artists
February 9–March 9, 2007
Baruch College will display the work of 21 contemporary Mexican artists from Friday, February 9, through Friday, March 9. The exhibition, entitled Oscillating Impulses/Pulsiones Oscilantes: Contemporary Mexican Prints, includes etchings, digital prints, lithographs and mixed media on paper. Opening reception, Thursday, February 8, 2007, 6 to 8 pm.
The works in this exhibition vary widely in scope, mood, and execution.
They range from Layla Cora’s small Dantesque etchings depicting the Seven Deadly Sins to Rafael Charco’s Migrants I–VI, an array of car license plates festooned with newsprint, numbers, and other symbols of transient, improvised lives. The work of Hector Mercado draws on traditional folkloric animal motifs and contains magical elements, while Israel Mora’s Jiggle I and Jiggle II borrows from biology and natural science to illustrate cellular division that is disturbingly fleshy, hairy, and sexual. Alvaro Villalobos makes prints from video images to create colorful images of the feet and legs of soccer players. His use of transference and image manipulation produces an illusionary, virtual reality effect in a series of prints he calls Soccer with Indigents.
All the artists in this exhibition are affiliated with an academic institution, such as the School of the Arts at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico. Each has had formal training in the visual arts combined with other disciplines, such as history, architecture, and semiotics, an intellectual potpourri that resonates in their work.
Benigna Chilla, professor of visual arts at Berkshire Community College, and Luisa Barrios, curator at the University of Toluca in Mexico, curated this exhibition. Baruch College’s Department of Black and Hispanic Studies is the exhibit’s co-sponsor. The Miskin Gallery, under the direction of curator Sandra Kraskin, is dedicated to presenting the work of emerging artists from a diverse cultural background as well as exhibitions that cast new light on established mainstream artists. The gallery is located at 135 East 22nd Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues), New York City. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 pm; Thursdays, noon to 7 pm. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.