Through the Path of Echoes: Contemporary Art in Mexico

  • Ray Smith, El Plumero, 1987. Collection of Francesco Pellizzi.

  • Nahum Zenil, Suicidas, 1987.Courtesy of Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City.

  • Adolfo Riestra, Cara de Luna, 1989. Installation view at Yellowstone Art Center, 1992.

  • Salvador Lutteroth, Dos Tortugas, 1988. Courtesy of Galeria de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City.

  • Adolfo Patino, Silhouette of an Identity I and II, 1988 (L), and Project for a Flag of a Mexican Colony II, 1990 (R). Installation view at UMass, Amherst, 1992.

Curated by Elizabeth Ferrer

By constantly referring to and borrowing from aspects of a shared history and tradition, these artists present Mexican history as a force so rich and vital that it visibly shapes not only the culture, but each individual within it. And while the work of this generation continually reveals a deep indebtedness to Mexico’s past, the artists neither romanticize nor fully embrace their complicated heritage. Rather, they frequently transform aspects of the culture into emblems of personal identity, at times revealing cultural forces as sources of hope and strength and sometimes, as obstacles to personal freedom.


Mexican art has a long history of community involvement, from publicly funded murals to the celebration of its rich indigenous and adopted culture. Since the 1980s, however, there has been a break from the influence of culture. At times intentional and rebellious, and other times simply a desire to expand in subject matter, Mexican art has become a labyrinth of global, philosophical, and artistic commentary. Through the Path of Echoes documents the profound changes and growth of Mexican art through beautiful and deeply intellectual artworks by celebrated Mexican artists such as Eugenia Vargas Daniels, Julio Galan, Flor Garduno, Sergio Hernandez, Estela Hussong, Ruben Ortiz, Ray Smith, among others.


Accompanying this exhibition is the catalogue, Through the Path of Echoes: Contemporary Art in Mexico, with essays by Elizabeth Ferrer and Alberto Ruy-Sánchez. Please click here or visit our shop for more information.



Elizabeth Ferrer

Elizabeth Ferrer is Vice President, Contemporary Art at BRIC, a non-profit arts and media organization based in Brooklyn. She is also a curator and writer specializing in Latino and Mexican art and photography. Ferrer has curated major exhibitions of modern and contemporary art for numerous venues in the United States and Mexico, and has written and lectured extensively on topics related to her fields of interest. Exhibitions she has curated have appeared at such venues as BRIC House, the Americas Society, the UBS Art Gallery, and the Aperture Foundation Gallery, all in New York; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D. C; the Snite Museum, Notre Dame University; and MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico.  Other major exhibition projects include traveling retrospectives of such historic Mexican figures as Mariana Yampolsky, Lola Alvarez Bravo, and María Izquierdo, and the establishment of the BRIC Biennial in 2014.

Ferrer has also contributed to authored books for such publishers as the University of Texas Press, the Aperture Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art, and Universe Books/Rizzoli.  Her monographic work Lola Alvarez Bravo was a New York Times 2006 Notable Book of the Year. She is currently preparing a major study of Latino photography in the United States.


touring schedule

Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Camden, NJ, United States
January 12, 1999 - March 6, 1999

Grand Rapids Art Museum
Grand Rapids, MI, United States
November 20, 1992 - January 3, 1993

Fresno Art Museum
Fresno, CA, United States
September 15, 1992 - November 8, 1992

Yellowstone Art Center
Billings, MT, United States
July 3, 1992 - August 30, 1992

University Galleries, University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA, United States
February 1, 1992 - March 16, 1992

The Art Museum at Florida International University
Miami, FL, United States
September 13, 1991 - October 11, 1991

Art Museum of South Texas
Corpus Christi, TX, United States
June 28, 1991 - August 11, 1991

El Museo del Barrio
New York, NY, United States
November 1, 1990 - December 16, 1990

Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery
Austin, TX, United States
August 31, 1990 - October 17, 1990

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