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The Galleries at Moore is pleased to announce the release of Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990–2000, the fully illustrated catalog to accompany the 2015 exhibition of the same name. This 128-page softbound book features full color photographs of the installed exhibition and individual works plus essays by Moore’s exhibition curator Kaytie Johnson and contributing authors Eduardo Abaroa, José Luis Paredes Pacho, Alexis Salas,Walter Forsberg, Paulina Suárez-Hesketh and Eduardo Thomas.

Strange Currencies, on view in The Galleries from September - December, 2015, explores the emergence of experimental, collective and do-it-yourself artistic practices in Mexico City in the nineties, a decade defined by a catastrophic economic crisis, enormous social upheaval and poverty, widespread political corruption, a chronic rise in violence and uncertainty due to the destabilizing effects of rapid globalization.

During this fraught and formative decade, a new generation of artists was uniquely able to experiment and take artistic risks that resulted in the development of new forms and practices, profoundly transforming the city’s cultural landscape. Strange Currencies brought together a group of twenty-eight artists who were living and working in Mexico City in the nineties and whose divergent practices and processes reflect the multiplicity of themes, approaches and perspectives that took shape during this game-changing decade.

Artists include: Eduardo Abaroa, Francis Alÿs, Marco Arce, Gustavo Artigas, Iñaki Bonillas, Miguel Calderón, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Minerva Cuevas, Claudia Fernández, Thomas Glassford, Silvia Gruner, Daniel Guzmán, Jonathan Hernández, Gabriel Kuri, Teresa Margolles, Taniel Morales, Yoshua Okón, Fernando Ortega, Luis Felipe Ortega, Vicente Razo, Daniela Rossell, SEMEFO, Santiago Sierra, Melanie Smith, Sofía Táboas, Laureana Toledo, Pablo Vargas Lugo and Lorena Wolffer.

Copies of the Strange Currencies catalogue can be purchased in The Art Shop at Moore College of Art & Design Art as well as online.

Copies are also available on

Paperback, 128 pp, 7.25 inches wide X 10 inches tall (184mm X 254 mm) 

Editor: Kaytie Johnson

Designer: Mark Owens

ISBN-10: 1-58442-058-8 

ISBN-13: 978-1-58442-058

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The Galleries at Moore receive generous support from Moore College of Art & Design and the Friends of The Galleries at Moore. The Galleries also receive state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Support also provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Additional program support comes from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation and The Elsie Lee Garthwaite Memorial Foundation.

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Published on June 21st, 2016