Author: Michael Martin
Posted on: April 26, 2013
Visitors to the Valley have the exceedingly rare opportunity to see art from one of the best contemporary collections in the world — right here in Tempe’s own ASU Art Museum, on the corner of 10th Street and Mill Avenue.
Turn Off The Sun: Selections From La Colección Jumex is on view now until Sept. 7, 2013, and features more than two-dozen impressive pieces from Mexico City’s spectacular Fundación/Colección Jumex – whose works have been exhibited in the United States only one other time.
Based in Mexico City, the Jumex brand is popularly known as the manufacturer of beloved juice and nectar drinks in little blue cans. You’ve probably seen them at the grocery store. But what most people don’t know is that Jumex has a 10-year history of supporting contemporary art through collecting, exhibitions and educational programs. In fact, La Colección Jumex contains more than 2,600 works by emerging and established contemporary artists from Mexico, Latin America, the United States and Europe.
Turn off the Sun brings to the Valley major pieces and installations by artists rarely or never seen in Arizona, exploring diverse media and practice. Some are small photographs, others huge, room-sized installations. More than 20 artists from around the world have pieces on display in Turn Off the Sun, including Doug Aitken, Dan Graham, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Miguel Calderon, Jose Damasceno, Mark Dion, Monica Espinosa, Cao Guimaraes, Santiago Sierra, Superflex and Jeff Wall.
The work has been selected around the complex relationship between the state of Arizona and Mexico, with broad references to borders, labor, movement and site, and is co-curated by ASU Art Museum Senior Curator and Associate Director Heather Sealy Lineberry, ASU Art Museum Curator Julio César Morales and Curator Michel Blancsubé of Colección Jumex.
This exhibition is already attracting national attention, having received excellent press in Art in America and been featured on the cover of the San Francisco Arts Quarterly. The press agrees with what we at the museum already knew: No matter what kind of art turns your mind on, you’ll find it when you escape from the heat and come to Turn off the Sun.
We’ll see you at the museum!
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