September 13–November 19, 2011

Disponible: A Kind of Mexican Show

Within Mexico’s urban setting, contemporary art and other experimental and creative practices such as architecture, design, and music flourish, forming one of the most original and intriguing art scenes in the global landscape. Taking its name from the empty advertisement billboards across Mexican city skylines, “disponible”—meaning at once “available” and “potentially changeable or disposable”—reflects the reality of Mexican society, which is in perpetual transition from post-colonial revolution to its current negotiation with globalization. “Disponible: A Kind of Mexican Show” brings together eight of Mexico’s most innovative contemporary artists as they critique and explore the challenges and contradictions of their native country.


Arturo Hernández Alcázar, Natalia Almada, Edgardo Aragón, Marcela Armas, Manuel Rocha Iturbide, Mauricio Limón, Teresa Margolles, and Hector Zamora.

"Disponible: A Kind of Mexican Show" was co-curated by Hou Hanru and Guillermo Santamarina for the Walter and McBean Galleries at the San Francisco Art Institute.


This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Susan G. Kohn and Harry Kohn, Jr.