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"Enrique Chagoya / Utopian Cannibal: Adventures in Reverse Anthropology"
2001-01-19 until 2001-03-10
Forum for Contemporary Art
St. Louis, MO, USA

Enrique Chagoya inserts modern super heroes within the contexts of historic events such as the colonization of the Americas. Like Goya, Daumier and Posada before him, the Mexican born Chagoya gives full reign to his biting sense of humor, attacking historical stereotypes (like Aztecs tearing out hearts) with cultural symbols and icons (like Spiderman, Wonder Woman or the ubiquitous Mano Poderosa.) This major exhibition, installed on both floors of the FCA, includes over 30 works created between 1995 and 2001. Organized by the FCA and curated by Mel Watkin, the exhibition focuses on multi-layered paintings, works-on-paper and prints in which Chagoya digs back into the Western cannon and exhumes historically connected and potentially embarrassing images.

Enrique Chagoya will return in February to present an Artist in the Gallery lecture on Thursday, February 15 at 7 p.m. and to be artist-in-residence. He will lead critiques and workshops with students from Washington University School of Art and with the FCA‚s program for high school students New Art in the Neighborhood in partnership with students from Taproots School for the Arts.

The exhibition continues through March 10, 2001. FCA exhibition hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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