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La Frontera

La Frontera/The Border: Art about the Mexico/United States Border Experience

Formerly On view at MCASD Downtown

March 5, 1993 to June 22, 1993

In the early 1990s, borders and international boundaries became paramount in the national consciousness and international events, as they defined economies, political ideologies, and national identities. La Frontera/the Border, an exhibition jointly organized by and presented at the Centro Cultural de la Raza, Balboa Park and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, focused on the multifaceted work being made about and influenced by life along the Mexico/United States border. In its 1.952 miles, the international boundary between those two countries runs the gamut from invisible to aggressive, even violent. Likewise, the 37 artists and artist's groups featured in the show- including Terry Alen, James Drake, Julio Galan, Luis Jimenez, Yolanda Lopez, Celia Álvarez Muñoz, and Ray Smith- offer a variety of approaches and responses to the pollination of ideas and images between different cultures, arising from real and constant human, cultural, social, and political concerns. The exhibition additionally includes work from other locations more geographically distanced, but nonetheless permeated by "border culture". Exhibition was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. Co-curated by Patricio Chávez and Madeleine Grynsztejn.

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