Book
191 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
Book
xix, 324 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm.
  • Part I: New York's Museum of Modern Art
  • The Rivera retrospective
  • Part II: Rockefeller Center
  • The art program and the Rivera mural commission
  • Producing a mural, removing it from view
  • Destruction of the mural
  • Part III: Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts
  • Commissioning the mural, painting it anew.
Collaborations during the Great Depression between the Mexican artist and Communist activist Diego Rivera and institutions in the United States and Mexico were fraught with risk, as the artist occasionally deviated from course, serving and then subverting his patrons. Catha Paquette investigates controversies surrounding Rivera's retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, his Rockefeller Center mural Man at the Crossroads, and the Mexican government's commissioning of its reconstruction at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. She proposes that both the artist and his patrons were using art for extraordinary purposes, leveraging clarity and ambiguity to weigh in on debates concerning labor policies and speech rights; relations between the United States, Mexico, and the Soviet Union; and the viability of capitalism, communism, and socialism. Rivera and his patrons' shared interest in images of labor-a targeted audience-made cooperative ventures possible. In recounting Rivera's shifts in strategy from collaboration/exploitation to antagonism/conflict, Paquette highlights the extent to which the artist was responding to politico-economic developments and facilitating alignment/realignment among leftist groups for and against Stalin. Although the artwork that resulted from these instances of patronage had the potential to serve conflicting purposes, Rivera's images and the protests that followed the destruction of the Rockefeller Center mural were integral to a surge in oppositional expression that effected significant policy changes in the United States and Mexico.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781477311004 20170306
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
Book
xvii, 184 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, plans ; 21 cm
  • Borderwalls as public space / Teddy Cruz
  • Introduction / Ronald Rael
  • Pilgrims at the wall / Marcello Di Cintio
  • Borderwall as architecture: the divided states of North america / Ronald Rael
  • Transborderisms: practices that tear down walls / Norma Iglesias-Prieto
  • Recuerdos/souvenirs: a nuevo grand tour / Ronald Rael
  • Why walls don't work / Michael Dear
  • Afterwards / Ronald Rael.
Borderwall as Architecture is an artistic and intellectual hand grenade of a book, and a timely re-examination of what the physical barrier that divides the United States of America from the United Mexican States is and could be. It is both a protest against the wall and a projection about its future. Through a series of propositions suggesting that the nearly seven hundred miles of wall is an opportunity for economic and social development along the border that encourages its conceptual and physical dismantling, the book takes readers on a journey along a wall that cuts through a "third nation"-the Divided States of America. On the way the transformative effects of the wall on people, animals, and the natural and built landscape are exposed and interrogated through the story of people who, on both sides of the border, transform the wall, challenging its existence in remarkably creative ways. Coupled with these real-life accounts are counterproposals for the wall, created by Rael's studio, that reimagine, hyperbolize, or question the wall and its construction, cost, performance, and meaning. Rael proposes that despite the intended use of the wall, which is to keep people out and away, the wall is instead an attractor, engaging both sides in a common dialogue. Included is a collection of reflections on the wall and its consequences by leading experts Michael Dear, Norma Iglesias-Prieto, Marcello Di Cintio, and Teddy Cruz.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520283947 20170522
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
Book
x, 214 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: Sight and Site on the Line Part I: The Territorial Imagination 1. Framing the Frontier: From Survey to Surveillance 2. Homeland as Home Front: Terror, Territory and Television Part II: Mobile Frontiers 3. Exhibiting the Frontier: Thresholds and Checkpoints as Museological Projects 4. Canada as the Borderline Case: 'Outer America' and the Northern Frontier Part III: Modalities of Dissensus 5. Psychogeography after NAFTA 6. Sites of Dissensus: Aesthetics after the Border 7. Have you left the American Sector? Detroit's Borderama Spectacle.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138842243 20170306
American territorial borders have undergone significant and unparalleled changes in the last decade. They serve as a powerful and emotionally charged locus for American national identity that parallels the historical idea of the frontier. But the concept of the frontier, so central to American identity throughout modern history, has all but disappeared in contemporary representation while the border has served to uncomfortably fill the void left in the spatial imagination of American culture. This book focuses on the shifting relationship between borders and frontiers in North America, specifically the ways in which they have been imaged and imagined since their formation in the nineteenth century and how tropes of visuality are central to their production and meaning. Rodney links ongoing discussions in political geography and visual culture in new ways to demonstrate how contemporary American borders exhibit security as a display strategy that is resisted and undermined through a variety of cultural practices.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138842243 20170306
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
Book
96 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Small-Great Objects presents a remarkable look into the art-collecting practices of two of modern art's most widely influential figures, Anni (1899-1994) and Josef (1888-1976) Albers. Their impressive collection of over 1,400 objects from Latin America, namely Mexico and Peru, represents a conscious endeavor that goes well beyond that of a casual hobby, displaying a deep appreciation for the art, textiles, and overall ingenuity of the ancient American world. This insightful book draws on primary-source materials such as the couple's letters, personal papers, and archival photographs-many never before published-and demonstrates their conviction that these Prehispanic objects displayed a formal sophistication and bold abstraction that defy the prevalent conception of the works as "primitive." Moreover, it shows how the Alberses spread their appreciation of the ancient world to others, through their teachings, their writings, and their own art practices.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300225693 20170313
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
Video
1 videodisc (approximately 4 hr.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical; stereo. Video: NTSC. Digital: video file; DVD video; region 1.
  • Chicago / director, Stanley Nelson ; producer & production manager, Nick Ravich
  • Mexico City / director, Deborah Dickson ; producer, Ian Forster
  • Los Angeles / director, Deborah Dickson ; producer & structure consultant, Véronique Bernard
  • Vancouver / director, Pamela Mason Wagner ; curator & producer, Wesley Miller.
Discover the stories, ideas, and methods behind today's most compelling artists; features sixteen artists from North America (Chicago, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and Vancouver).
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
Book
99 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
"On connaît José Guadalupe Posada que les artistes modernes du Mexique ont été les premiers à saluer et dont les surréalistes aimaient l'humour noir. Depuis lors, le monde entier rit de ses squelettes à chapeaux fleuris ou roulant à bicyclette. On devrait connaître mieux son devancier Hermenegildo Bustos, le très sérieux facteur des postes d'un village reculé qui était aussi peintre et portraitiste autodidacte fier de sa singularité indienne. Un troisième exemple d'imagination est celui du célèbre Douanier Rousseau qui peignait des jungles et des scènes du Mexique où il prétendait être allé. Ses tableaux somptueusement fantastiques ne sont pas moins rêvés que les faits divers délirants de Posada ou les phénomènes météoriques guettés par Bustos. Regard aigu d'un membre de la communauté, regard d'enfant ou regard de conteur amusé, ces trois exemples que relie le fantasme d'un même lieu suscitent des questions sur le statut d'artiste (qu'est-ce qu'un artiste ?) et le produit de sa création (art brut, art naïf, art de musée, art indépendant, art populaire...). Faux problèmes si ne compte que la force de l'oeuvre. Vrais problèmes si on considère la situation sociale de l'artiste."--Page 4 of cover.
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
Book
149 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 27 cm
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
Book
190 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)

10. Frida Kahlo at home [2016]

Book
173 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 27 cm
Frida Kahlo at Home explores the influence of Mexican culture and tradition, the Blue House and other places Frida travelled to and called home, on her life and work. Fully illustrated, the book features Frida's paintings together with archive images and family photographs, objects and artefacts she collected and photographs of the surrounding landscape to provide an insight into how these people and places shaped this much-loved artist and how the homes and landscapes of her life relate to her work.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780711237322 20161228
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
Book
viii, 198 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
From the 1990s onwards the 'ethnographic turn in contemporary art' has generated intense dialogues between anthropologists, artists and curators. While ethnography has been both generously and problematically re-appropriated by the art world, curation has seldom caught the conceptual attention of anthropologists. Based on two years of participant observation in Mexico City, Tarek Elhaik addresses this lacuna by examining the concept-work of curatorial platforms and media artists. Taking his cue from ongoing critiques of Mexicanist aesthetics, and what Roger Bartra calls 'the post-Mexican condition', Elhaik conceptualizes curation less as an exhibition-oriented practice within a national culture, than as a figure of care and an image of thought animating a complex assemblage of inter-medial practices, from experimental cinema and installations to curatorial collaborations. Drawing on Gilles Deleuze and Paul Rabinow, the book introduces the concept of the 'Incurable-Image, ' an antidote to our curatorial malaise and the ethical substance for a post-social anthropology of images.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781474403351 20160619
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)

12. Mexico [2016]

Book
1 volume unpaged : illustrations ; 29 cm
"I made these pictures exactly as if I was taking pictures in Wilkes-Barre, my hometown. I was led only by what I could see on the street. Of course, the extreme newness of this giant country, Mexico, was shocking to me. There really is surrealism in the air." -Mark Cohen Between 1981 and 2003, Mark Cohen travelled to Mexico eight times. Seduced by the "surrealist" qualities he found there, Cohen took his camera to the streets of Mexico City, Oaxaca City, and Merida, as well as other parts of the Yucatan. Following his split-second impulses, Cohen took his signature "grab shots, " often flooding the subjects with the artificial light of the flash. His black-and-white photographs, taken at arm's length with minimal focus, capture the textures and rhythms of gritty city streets and city life. Reminiscent of Cohen's iconic photographs of working-class Pennsylvania towns, yet imbued with a perceptible sense of foreignness, these Mexican images convey the restless energy and strangeness of daily life.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781477311714 20170502
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
Book
204 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 29 cm
Mexico city is one of the most glamorous but also one of the most dramatic cities in the world. The many challenges and opportunities the city faces (migration, segregation, urbanisation but also resilience, pride, political consciousness) are an omen for the future of other world cities. This book presents the best Mexico has to offer when it comes to contemporary photography, with a focus on the capital Mexico City. Breathtaking panoramic landscapes from Pablo Lopez Luz, humorous images from Alejandro Cartagena, street photography by Mark Alor Powel, portraits of rich people by Yvonne Venegas, ...The most important artist in the book is Graciele Iturbide, one of the most influential Latin American photographers of the past four decades. Her powerful black and white images have received many awards, such as the W Eugene Smith Memorial Foundation Award and the Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement Infinity Award 2015. This book is a unique document of a unique country and its capital and will also be the catalogue for the exhibition of the International Fotofestival in Knokke, Belgium.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789401434782 20170306
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
Book
342 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
Video
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical; stereo. Dolby Digital 2.0. Video: NTSC. Digital: video file; all regions. DVD video.
This work is a documentary film about Mexican farmworkers and their struggle to cross the U.S. border into Arizona.
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes), Media & Microtext Center

16. Pedro Páramo [2016]

Book
147 pages, 1 unnumbered page, 10 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 32 cm
Juan Preciado travels to his recently deceased mother's hometown, Comala, to find his father, and discovers that it is literally a ghost town populated by spectral figures.
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes), Special Collections
Book
xxv, 286 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Preface: A fire in my belly
  • Introduction: all museums are sex museums
  • Hard-core collecting and erotic exhibitionism
  • Nudes and Nazis; or, surveying sex through violence in museums
  • Warning: dissident sex in museums
  • Touring the sex museum
  • Exhibiting the sexual modern
  • Queer curatorship
  • Coda: when sex museums fail.
All museums are sex museums. In Sex Museums, Jennifer Tyburczy takes a hard look at the formation of Western sexuality-particularly how categories of sexual normalcy and perversity are formed-and asks what role museums have played in using display as a technique for disciplining sexuality. Most museum exhibits, she argues, assume that white, patriarchal heterosexuality and traditional structures of intimacy, gender, and race represent national sexual culture for their visitors. Sex Museums illuminates the history of such heteronormativity at most museums and proposes alternative approaches for the future of public display projects, while also offering the reader curatorial tactics-what she calls queer curatorship-for exhibiting diverse sexualities in the twenty-first century. Tyburczy shows museums to be sites of culture-war theatrics, where dramatic civic struggles over how sex relates to public space, genealogies of taste and beauty, and performances of sexual identity are staged. Delving into the history of erotic artifacts, she analyzes how museums have historically approached the collection and display of the material culture of sex, which poses complex moral, political, and logistical dilemmas for the Western museum. Sex Museums unpacks the history of the museum and its intersections with the history of sexuality to argue that the Western museum context-from its inception to the present-marks a pivotal site in the construction of modern sexual subjectivity.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226315249 20160619
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)

18. Desaparecen? : 43 [2015]

Book
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 17 x 23 cm
  • Mexico: the murder of the young / Alma Guillermoprieto
  • Ayotzinapa
  • Donde estan?
  • Donde quedaron?.
Monasterio reflects on the theme of the disappeared, builds a strong narrative with images loaded with atmospheres. With the aim of joining the collective memory, these pages are witness to the pain and scar left in everyone this atrocity against human rights. The volume collects two texts: a poem that David Huerta wrote after a few days of the tragedy and fragments of the interview that Alma Guillermoprieto made for New York Review of Books.
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
Book
ix, 90 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm
From the first millennium B.C. until the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century, artists from across the ancient Americas created small-scale architectural effigies to be placed in the tombs of important individuals. These works in stone, ceramic, wood, and metal range from highly abstracted, minimalist representations of temples and houses to elaborate complexes populated with figures, conveying a rich sense of ancient ritual and daily life. Although described as models, these effigies were created not so much as reflections or prototypes of existing structures, but rather as critical, conceptual components of funerary practice and beliefs about an afterlife. Design for Eternity is the first publication in English to explore these architectural works, providing new insights into ancient American design and how it reflected the practices of daily life. The vivid illustrations and texts focus on architectural representation, as well as the role these intriguing sculptures played in mediating relationships among the living, the dead, and the divine.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781588395764 20160619
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
Book
127 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 17-24 cm
  • Mauricio Alejo
  • Melba Arellano
  • Fernando Brito
  • Jimena Camou
  • Alejandro Cartagena
  • Livia Corona Benjamin
  • Aglae Cortés
  • Juan Carlos Coppel
  • Daniela Edburg
  • Colectivo Estética Unisex
  • Adela Goldbard
  • Carlos Iván Hernández
  • Alfredo Káram
  • Alejandra Laviada
  • Pablo López Luz
  • Iván Manríquez
  • Roberto Molina Tondopó
  • Bruno Ruiz
  • Oswaldo Ruiz
  • Mariela Sancari
  • Jazzibe Santos
  • Yvonne Venegas
  • David Vera.
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)