Strange Currencies

Moore College of Art & Design



Melanie Smith, Orange Lush, 1995/2015, installation view of Strange Currencies, The Galleries at Moore. Photo by Kait Privitera.


Daniel Guzmán and Luis Felipe Ortega, Remake (still), 1994. Courtesy of the artists.


Eduardo Abaroa, Hombre que cae (Falling Man), 1993-95. Photo by Kait Privitera.


Gustavo Artigas, Discurso, 1994/2015. Photo by Kait Privitera.

Strange Currencies is the first exhibition to articulate a history for the unorthodox, artist-run spaces that emerged in Mexico City in the 1990s. Fleeting, flickering, and at times confrontational, these venues played a pivotal role in shaping the city's now vibrant contemporary art landscape. Moore's curator is working closely with the spaces' founders, as well as artist-run spaces in Philadelphia, to better understand not only this particular period of Mexico's cultural history, but also the larger questions of how artistic ecosystems are built from the ground-up. The exhibition, taccompanied by outside performances and a film program, includes artworks that have never before been shown outside of Mexico.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.