Where Do We Go From Here? Selections from La Colección Jumex is the kind of wonderful group show that the Zaha Hadid-designed Contemporary Arts Center was built to exhibit. It helps tremendously, of course, that the downtown museum’s director/chief curator, Raphaela Platow, knows the strengths of her building so well and can supervise this exhibit’s installation.
For the show, up through Jan.
30 and the first to tour the U.S. from Mexico’s most prestigious contemporary art collection, really benefits from a space/architect/curator sympathetic to its underlying theme — that art reflects (and speaks truth about) the precarious nature of our place in the world right now and our unease about it. We’re not hopeless about the future but warily curious about what comes next. That’s an especially important message from Mexico.
With its black, ramp-like stairwells contrasting white gallery walls, and gallery areas that seem to turn and contort as if a built-environment nature trail, the CAC communicates a sense of precariousness. And excitement. It’s disorienting, yes, but it makes you feel like a thinking adult negotiating through it.
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