This video installation by Mexican artist Erick Meyenberg presents a critical stance toward notions of authority, discipline, education, and nationalism as a way of coming to terms with the modern era in Mexico. The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg is the result of a 2016 collaboration commissioned by the Mexico-City based residency space insite/Casa Galina. The artist worked with members of a high school marching band, the Banda de Guerra Lobos, at the Colegio Hispanoamericano in Mexico City. Composed of a three-channel projection, the installation documents the band marching through some of the city’s most emblematic and politically charged sites: the Plaza de Tlatelolco, where hundreds of university students on strike were attacked, killed, and “disappeared” by police and military forces; the Monumento a la Revolución, commemorating the Mexican Revolution of 1910; and the Forum Buenavista shopping center, which embodies the extent to which Mexico is embedded in transnational capitalism.
Video Crossings is a contemporary video dialogue inspired by historical works of art of American, Southwest and Mexican origin on view in Border Crossings: Mexico and the American Southwest. Curated by Betsy Fahlman, Adjunct Curator of American Art and Vanessa Davidson, Lampe Curator of Latin American Art, this installation represents a cultural conversation between Mexico and the United States where physical demarcations, such as border walls, no longer exist.
Video Crossings was conceived by Gilbert Vicario, The Selig Family Chief Curator as way to continue the spirit of collaboration between museum colleagues but also to activate the historic works with contemporary dialogues that allow younger audiences new entry points of discovery. The selection of artists for Video Crossings is inspired by these incredible objects and activates the gallery space in new and exciting ways. The works of art by the four artists are inspired by different aspects of the historic works on display – culture, landscape, history and weather – and articulated through immersive video installations filled with color, light, and sound.
Video Crossings: Magdalena Fernández
August 4, 2017 – December 31, 2017
Video Crossings: Kent Monkman
December 2, 2017 – February 18, 2018
Video Crossings: Mary Lucier
March 3, 2018 – May 27, 2018
Video Crossings: Erick Meyenberg is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Museum's annual fund.
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Erick Meyenberg, The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg, 2016. Three-channel video and audio installation. Courtesy of the artist.