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"As a Satellite Space: La Panadería"
2002-07-02 until 2002-07-31
Americas Society
New York, NY, USA

As a Satelite Space is a new initiative of the Visual Arts Department of The Americas Society. This program invites artist-run centers and non-profit organizations in Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean to use The Americas Society as their satellite space for the production of exhibitions and event-based projects.

La Panaderia, an artist-run center in Mexico City founded in 1994, is the first participant of this program. Their plans at The Americas Society emphasize some of their characteristics: not merely an exhibition space but a place for gathering, a versatile, multi-purpose, activity-based art center. La Panaderia has organized a month-long program at The Americas Society consisting of a ‘tertulia’, a dance-party, a single-day exhibition, and a publication. (All events take place at The Americas Society and are open to the public free of charge.)


TERTULIA, held July 2, was an informal gathering, open to the public, to converse with founding and current members of La Panadería and with a group of artists and writers who have participated in their exhibitions, residencies, and programs. This was an occasion for a casual presentation of La Panadería’s past programs, a discussion of their current activities, and an open think-tank for potential projects.


The tertulia was followed by a dance-party with live music by Silverio and Sonido Lasser Drakar. Silverio has participated in events at La Panadería, and has collaborated with several artists in Mexico. These include video and musical performances with artists Miguel Calderón and Carlos Amorales. Sonido Lasser Drakar is a collective that has composed the music of a recent performance by artist Gustavo Artigas, and is one of the collaborators of Volúmen (Mexico), a new magazine of music and visual culture. This was the first performance of Sonido Lasser Drakar for La Panadería.


Taking as exhibition space the Mexican Room and the Salon Simon Bolivar of The Americas Society, a selection of videos was presented continuously over the course of one day, July 16. This exhibition gathered videos presented at La Panadería in Mexico City, and recent works by artists who have exhibited there in the past. Participating artists: Gabriel Acevedo (Mexico, 1974) and Andrea Ferreyra (Uruguay, 1970); Nikolenka Beltrán (Mexico, 1974), Samuel Chenillo (Mexico, 1973), and Renato Ornelas (Mexico, 1975); Kirby Conn (United States, 1975); Rubén Gutierrez (Mexico, 1973); Gonzalo Lebrija (Mexico, 1972); Christopher Lipomi (Unites States, 1975) and Pilar Wiley (United States, 1976); Gonzalo Lebrija (Mexico, 1973); Carlos Julio Molina (Venezuela, 1971); Yoshua Okon (Mexico, 1970); and Renato Ornelas (Mexico, 1974).


La Panadería invited the artist collective Heróico Comité de Reivindicación Humana (HCRH) to produce a new, text-based work. This work takes the form of a pamphlet designed by –1:0:1 and published and distributed by The Americas Society.

The HCRH was formed in 1947 by Luis Castaños (Mexico), Gabor Papek (Czechoslovakia), and Mildred Falcon (Argentina), among others. On the occasion of this publication, the HCRH will focus on what they identify as the current concerns of the art field: the relations between the artist and society at large with communications media; the imposition of global markets on cultural institutions and the dilemmas this produces in the art field; the internal logic and relation between mainstream art and art produced in the peripheries; the challenges posed by the splits and multiplicity of art genres and the discursive mechanisms cultivated by so-called neutral art or art that is politically correct; the unfolding of new structures of feeling due, in part, to an interest in approaching the masses and the artistic imperatives of the new millennium. This publication will be an extension of what the HCRH has researched and formerly presented through video and live performances, in panel discussions, and as guest lecturers in cultural institutions.

*All programs take place at The Americas Society and are open to the public free of charge. If you would like to be included in our mailing list in order to receive the HCRH’s publication and information on future programs, please write to: exhibitions@as-coa.org.

La Panadería is a non-profit, artists-run center in Mexico City. Their 2002 exhibitions, artists’ residencies and programs are sponsored by the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes and the Patronato de Arte Contempóraneo, A.C.

AS A SATELLITE SPACE for La Panadería is generously sponsored by the Asuntos Internacionales del Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes and The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. Additional support was provided by P.S.1. Contemporary Art Center.

Gabriel Acevedo
Micro Death Machine, 1999
Photography, enamel and acrylic on unicel and wood,
58 x 122 x 12 cm.

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