“Contemporary Photography in Mexico: Existe lo que tiene nombre” on view starting Aug. 22 at the ASU Art Museum

August 20, 2015

The ASU Art Museum is pleased to present "Contemporary Photography in Mexico: Existe lo que tiene nombre," an exhibition comprised of more than 50 photographic and video works produced by 23 different artists, all within the past decade. It will be on view Aug. 22, 2015 through Jan. 9, 2016 in the lower level galleries at the ASU Art Museum’s Mill Avenue & 10th Street location in Tempe. The exhibition is the U.S. debut for many of the exhibiting photographers.

"Contemporary Photography in Mexico: Existe lo que tiene nombre" was curated and first presented in April 2015 at San Francisco Camerawork and Galeria de la Raza by Sergio De La Torre (San Francisco) and Javier Ramírez Limón (Tijuana). The ASU Art Museum presentation of the exhibition is managed by Julio Cesar Morales and is supported by the Helme Prinzen Endowment. Pablo López Luz, "Vista aérea de la Ciudad de México, I," 2013. Inkjet on paper, 39.5 x 48.6 in. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo by Pablo López Luz Download Full Image

The title of the exhibition, "Existe lo que tiene nombre," which translates to “that which has a name exists,” comes from a conversation with the artist Jazzibe Santos, whose photographic project documents her grandmother's household of labeled objects. Santos’ project is included in the exhibition alongside the work of Adela Goldbard, Aglea Cortés, Alejandra Laviada, Alejandro Cartagena, Alfredo Káram, Bruno Ruiz, Carlos Iván Hernández, Colectivo Estética Unisex, Daniela Edburg, David Vera, Fernando Brito, Iván Manríquez, Jimena Camou, Juan Carlos Coppel, Livia Corona, Mariela Sancari, Mauricio Alejo, Melba Arellano, Oswaldo Ruiz, Pablo López Luz, Roberto Molina Tondopó, and Yvonne Venegas.

“Since the late 1800s to the documentation of the Mexican Revolution, photography in Mexico has played an important role in capturing and developing the identity of ‘Mexicaness,’ or the state of being Mexican,” says Morales. “Contemporary artists have always helped create a national visual language for Mexico that historically has been fluid and transformative in nature. 'Existe lo que tiene nombre' is a rare and powerful look into the contemporary practices of Mexican artists working within a photographic influence.”

The exhibition attempts to expand the traditional terrain and focus of photography by looking at how contemporary artists are placing the photographic image at the center in their practice and how artists are using discretionary ways of working with the medium itself, explains Morales. “The artworks in 'Existe lo que tiene nombre' concentrate on the dissolution of historic borders in photography between notions of the ‘documentary,’ ‘experimental’ and ‘conceptual.’”

"Existe lo que tiene nombre" is part of the Contact Zones series of exhibitions at the ASU Art Museum which focuses on contemporary migration and its intricate uncertainties within border culture, destiny and contested histories. The series includes new commission-based video installations, public engaged programs, guest-curated exhibitions and artist initiated projects.


On Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, from noon – 1 p.m., the ASU Art Museum will host a public preview of the exhibition and a brown bag lunch conversation with Julio Cesar Morales and Sergio De La Torre. Morales will also lead a tour of the exhibition as part of the museum’s #ThirdWednesday series on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held Friday, September 11, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. (with a members, alumni and press preview from 5:30–6:30 p.m.).

All ASU Art Museum events are free and open to the public.


A 180-page catalogue with 56 color plates will accompany the exhibition. The publication includes essays by Mexican art critic Irving Dominguez and curators Sergio De La Torre and Javier Ramirez Limon.


This exhibition is curated by Sergio De La Torre (San Francisco) and Javier Ramírez Limón (Tijuana) and is supported by the University of San Francisco, The San Francisco Arts Commission, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The ASU Art Museum presentation is supported by the Helme Prinzen Endowment. Following the ASU Art Museum’s presentation of the exhibition, it will travel to Centro de las Artes Universidad de Sonora, and El Centro Cultural Tijuana.


The ASU Art Museum, named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine, is part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.

To learn more about the museum, call 480.965.2787, or visit asuartmuseum.asu.edu.

Location/Parking: The museum has three locations across the metro Phoenix area: the ASU Art Museum at 10th Street and Mill Avenue, on ASU’s Tempe campus; the ASU Art Museum Brickyard at 7th Street and Mill Avenue, in downtown Tempe; and the ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency Program Project Space at Combine Studios, in downtown Phoenix. Designated parking is available at all three locations.

Admission: Free at all three locations.

Hours: The ASU Art Museum and ASU Art Museum Brickyard are open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays. The ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency Program Project Space in downtown Phoenix at Combine Studios has variable public hours depending on exhibition schedules and is open by appointment. 

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ASU public service college sees double-digit student growth

August 20, 2015

The College of Public Service and Community Solutions welcomes more than 800 new students as the fall 2015 semester begins.

The new group of students reflects the distinction the college has earned for educating the highest percentage of first-generation college students, minorities and veterans. When combined with new graduate students, the school boasts its highest number of students ever at more than 5,900, a 12 percent increase from last year. Chase Perren is a freshmen in the School of Community Resources and Development Chase Perren, a freshman in the School of Community Resources and Development, listens to dean Jonathan Koppell welcome students to the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Download Full Image

Freshman Chase Perren is from North Carolina and is majoring in tourism development and management with an emphasis in sustainable tourism. She chose the ASU School of Community Resources and Development because it’s “number one in this major.”

“On the East Coast, sustainability isn’t completely grasped just yet,” Perren said. “And I knew if I moved out here I would have more opportunities for my career.”

Gan Hao Tian is also majoring in tourism development and management. He is one of eight international students in the freshmen class. Overall, international students represent just over 4 percent of students in the college.

“Firstly, I hate the cold weather, so ASU is the best choice for me,” Hao said. “Secondly, my teacher in China told me the tourism management major at ASU is very good.”

The reputation of the college’s schools attracted many out-of-state students as well. Ernesto Hernandez is a freshman from Los Angeles who is majoring in public service and public policy in the School of Public Affairs.

“I chose public affairs because I want to be a public servant to the community,” Hernandez said. “I like finding a solution to problems and just helping people.”

Like Hernandez, Los Angeles native Caitlyn Lemle wants to make a difference in her community. The freshman is majoring in criminology and criminal justice.

“I want to prevent violence anyway I can, whether it’s in law enforcement or another profession in the criminal justice field,” Lemle said.

Lemle and Hernandez reflect a growing trend of out-of-state students attending ASU. Almost 40 percent of students in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions are from outside Arizona.

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Ashley Walter of Chandler and Michelle Silverio of Laveen are majoring in social work. In-state students make up the majority of the students in the college at 55 percent.

“I chose social work because I really like kids so I want to help them to be in better situations if they are not being treated well,” Walter said.

The School of Social Work plays a vital role in the state’s child welfare system. Besides helping train needed case managers for the Department of Child Safety, the schools’ research targets solutions to help the state prevent and better deal with a growing number of abused and neglected kids ending up in foster care.

“I chose ASU downtown for social work because of the programs that they have for this,” Silverio said. “And I heard about the ProMod program, and I really wanted to do that.”

ProMod stands for Project-Based Modular Learning, which engages students in interdisciplinary learning projects with real-world applications.  It’s the first year the university will offer these kinds of lower-division classes as part of a five-year grant. The college’s ProMod course is limited to students enrolled in social work or public service and public policy degrees. Students will focus on improving the college recruitment and retention of former foster kids.

The College of Public Service and Community Solutions continues to be one of the university’s most diverse colleges. Based on preliminary numbers for fall 2015, the college has the largest percentage of Hispanic students at ASU at 37 percent and the one of the highest percentage of minority students at 45 percent.

The college has a tradition of serving a large number of veterans. The latest count shows three freshmen and 41 new transfer students are active members of the military. Overall, 430 or 7 percent of students are either active-duty military and or veterans based on preliminary fall numbers.

Many active-duty members and veterans are online students. The college offers an online undergraduate degree in criminology and several online graduate degrees, including: criminal justice; public safety leadership and administration; emergency management and homeland security; sustainable tourism and social work. The college also offers an undergraduate degree in community advocacy and social policy both online and in-person.


Paul Atkinson

assistant director, College of Public Service and Community Solutions