Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Tex[t]-Mex/Eyegiene/Mextasy Lecture & Exhibit; The University of Hawai'i at Manoa | April 2011

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Mextasy: Seductive Hallucinations of Latina/o Mannequins Prowling the American Unconscious is a traveling art show/exhibit based on the work of William "Memo" Nericcio and Guillermo Nericcio García--it has previously toured in Ann Arbor, Michigan, San Ysidro, California (as Xicanoholic), McAllen, Texas, and Laredo, Texas. It just closed its Ann Arbor, MI showing March 26, 2011 (where the exhibit kidnapped the American Studies corridor on Wolverine campus). Next up is the April 8, 2011 opening at the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Mextasy both reflects and expand upon Nericcio's 2007 book with UT Press, Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the Mexican in America. In addition to racist artifacts from American mass culture (the bread and butter of Uncle Sam's unconscious), the show also features works that "xicanosmotic," that is, works by Mexican-American artists where the delicious tattoo of the Mexican/US frontera is writ large as with Perry Vasquez, Izel Vargas, and Marisela Norte.

MEXTASY was last featured at the Laredo Center of the ArtsThe Laredo Center opening followed on the heels of Mextasy's world premiere, September, 2010, at the Art Gallery @ South Texas College's Pecan Campus in McAllen, Texas. Curated by Rachael Freyman Brown, with the assistance of Amanda Alejos (not to mention the meddling of the artist, Guillermo Nericcio García).

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