Art opening reception: Crónicas - Seven Contemporary Mexican Artists Confront the Drug War
Crónicas focuses on a group of young Mexican artists' creative and critical responses to their nation's violent and protracted drug war. The seven artists in the exhibition present unusual and provocative interpretations of the complex, multi-party conflict and the mass media's response.
The artists in Crónicas came of age amid a period of transition when relative peace was replaced by widespread violence as seven major cartels were vying for control over border crossings and supply lines, while fighting Mexican Federal police and military. They come from regions most associated with the drug war: Ciudad Juárez, Monterrey, and the states of Sinaloa and Oaxaca.
The artists in the exhibition are: Edgardo Aragón (Oaxaca); Miguel Aragón (Ciudad Juárez); Jorge Arreola Barraza (Ciudad Juárez); Fernando Brito (Culiacán); Ivete Lucas (Monterrey); Pedro Reyes (Culiacán); and Marcela Rico (Sinaloa).
The exhibition is on view through March 9.