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Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites

Abraham Cruzvillegas (b. 1968) is one of the most important conceptual artists of his generation to come out of the vibrant art scene in Mexico. Over the past 10 years, Cruzvillegas has developed a riveting body of work that investigates what he calls autoconstrucción, or “self-construction.”

Informed by the sociopolitical contexts of Latin America, Cruzvillegas has garnered much attention for his dynamic assemblage sculptures made of found objects. Interested in improvised building materials and techniques, he roots his sculptural practice within the urban landscape of his childhood home in Ajusco, a district in the south of Mexico City. To this day, Ajusco’s landscape of volcanic rock remains a work in process, with structures in a constant state of transformation as additions are made when materials become available and necessity dictates. This way of constructing has become the basis of Cruzvillegas’ own thinking and methodology, while operating as a rich metaphor for the articulation of individual identity and place.

Featuring 30 to 35 individual sculptures and installations, along with his recent experiments in video, film, and performance, Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites is the first major presentation to shed light on the artist’s unique vision and multifaceted practice.

A major catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Walker curator: Clara Kim

Tour Schedule

  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (March 23–September 22, 2013)
  • Haus der Kunst, Munich (January 24–May 4, 2014)
  • Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico City (November 13, 2014–February 8, 2015)
  • Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico (November 15, 2014–February 8, 2015)

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Funding

Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites is organized by the Walker Art Center.

Major support for the exhibition is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is generously provided by Nelly and Moisés Cosío Espinosa, the Rose Francis Foundation, Gabriela and Ramiro Garza, Eugenio Lopez, Leni and David Moore, Jr., Donna and Jim Pohlad, Mike and Elizabeth Sweeney, and Marge and Irv Weiser.

The catalogue is made possible with generous support from Isabel and Agustín Coppel and a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Walker Art Center publications.

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