Works from major contemporary Latin American art collection to be exhibited at ASU Art Museum

February 15, 2013

Working in conjunction with Fundación/Colección Jumex, the ASU Art Museum in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is proud to present "Turn off the Sun," a rare opportunity for the public to experience selected works of art from one of the largest and most important contemporary art collections in Latin America.

La Colección Jumex is a spectacular collection of more than 2,600 works by emerging and established contemporary artists from Mexico, Latin America, the United States and Europe. Based in Mexico City, Fundación/Colección Jumex has a 10-year history of supporting contemporary art through collecting, exhibitions and educational programs. Download Full Image

Gordon Knox, director of the ASU Art Museum, praised Fundación/Colección Jumex’s ability to “recognize the potential of the complex multi-cultural population of Phoenix” and their support for what he called “an exhibition of sublime and transformative projects by world-class artists, many of whom have never shown in Arizona.”

The exhibition "Turn off the Sun" presents major pieces and installations by artists exploring diverse media and practice. The work has been selected around the complex relationship between Arizona and Mexico with broad references to borders, labor, movement and site.

The exhibition is co-curated by Heather Sealy Lineberry, senior curator and associate director of the ASU Art Museum, Julio César Morales, curator of the ASU Art Museum, and Michel Blancsubé, curator of Fundación/Colección Jumex.

“Our partnership with Fundación/Colección Jumex and our curatorial selections were inspired by broad conversations of our contexts,” said Lineberry, including “the extremity of the Arizona landscape (climate and politics), the impact of the border (physical and intellectual), labor (related to the border and to art), and the intersections with international contemporary art. While our selections relate to these topics of conversation, it is a purposefully broad exhibition that represents the spectacular breadth of La Colección Jumex and leaves room for the viewer to interpret and respond.”

Featured artists include: Doug Aitken, Alejandro Almanza Pereda (site-specific commission), Francis Alÿs, Iñaki Bonillas, Miguel Calderón, Raúl Cárdenas/Torolab, Lawrence Carroll, José Damasceno, Mark Dion, Sam Durant, Mónica Espinosa, Dan Graham, Cao Guimarães, Daniel Guzmán, Liza Lou, Eduardo Sarabia, Santiago Sierra, Robert Smithson, Superflex, Mungo Thomson and Jeff Wall.

"Turn off the Sun" is organized in partnership with Fundación Jumex, with generous support from the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation and additional support from the Helme Prinzen Endowment, Target and Friends of the ASU Art Museum.

For more information about the ASU Art Museum, visit the website.

Herberger Institute student team wins X-Act competition

February 15, 2013

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is pleased to announce the winners of its first annual X-Act competition: students Chelsea Pace, MFA in Theatre Performance from the School of Theatre and Film; Ethan Jackson, Master of Science in Design with a concentration in New Product Innovation from The Design School; Kristopher Pourzal, MFA in Dance from the School of Dance; and Matthew Ragan, MFA in Theatre with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance from the School of Theatre and Film

The team won with their proposal "Commons." This is the first year for the X-Act competition, which provides teams of students from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts with an opportunity to create work that engages the X-Square space. Download Full Image

X-Square is a sister competition which provides students with an opportunity to create a public installation that transforms a mundane area of the ASU Tempe campus into a social environment. X-Act challenges teams to integrate the X-Square space into their music, dance, film or other performance ideas.

Proposals were considered by a panel of jurors, including Elizabeth Johnson, project coordinator in the ASU School of Dance and choreographer, dancer and educator with a particular focus on youth and connecting communities through choreography; Mary Stephens, owner of Hostelling International – Phoenix Hostel and Cultural Center and producing director for the ASU School of Theatre and Film Performance in the Borderlands series; and Tania Katan, author, playwright, comedic performer and program coordinator for Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Lounge.

"Commons" will be comprised of 100 ASU graduate and undergraduate students from various disciplines and departments. The ensemble will emerge from the X-Square installation in a choreographed sequence; theatrical lights and sound will build and immerse the audience. Live video of the performance will be projected onto the textured wall of the Art building west of the installation, not only activating X-Square but also the surrounding environment. As the ensemble moves from the installation to merge with the crowd, they will continue to perform.

“The piece inherently activates the space by reaching out to so many disciplines and getting people together, working together and making art,” explained the "Commons" team in its entry. The performance will end as they exit the crowd and move to a significant place on campus, continuing their choreographed sequence.

"Commons" will perform during Emerge at 7 p.m., March 2 and 7 p.m., March 3 and 4. All performances are at Neeb Plaza on the Tempe campus.

For more information about X-Act, visit the website and for more information about Emerge 2013, visit the website.