In Focus/EnFoque: Contemporary Photography in Mexico
Charlotte has a great art scene, and it’s about to get even better. In Focus/Enfoque is a multi-institution exhibition of contemporary Mexican photography that’s been showcased throughout the city, and will continue at various local museums through Spring 2018.
This weekend, the Mint Museum’s participating exhibit will open as the exhibition’s anchor.
The exhibition was inspired by the highly successful Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA in Southern California and will feature more than 50 artists from Mexico and the United States. It will be a combination of beautiful contemporary art with diverse topical issues facing Charlotte.
Here’s a guide to all the exhibitions you can check out around Charlotte:
Exhibit: Reveal and Detonate: Contemporary Photography in Mexico
Dates: October 28, 2017 to June 17, 2018
Experience: This is the anchor exhibition and will feature over 30 Mexican contemporary photographers’ works that aim to illustrate a thought-provoking map of present-day Mexico. The exhibition has previously appeared in Madrid in 2015 and Mexico City in 2016.
Admission: $15 ($10 for students and seniors)
Agenda Tip: If you’re planning to bring your kids, you might want to check it out first without them to make sure it’s appropriate.
Exhibit: Nelson Morales, Artist-in-Residence
Dates: August 28 to December 5, 2017
Experience: This artist residency focuses on sexual diversity within cultures, particularly exploring the muxe community, a third gender. The artist will be collaborating with Time Out Youth, a local LGBTQ empowerment organization.
Exhibit: Paul Strand in Mexico
Dates: September 1, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Experience: Strand took the photographs for this exhibition while filming Redes (1936), a film about Mexico’s changing landscape. His photographs show the countryside and the people of Mexico during this time.
Exhibit: Maestros mexicanos de la fotografía moderna: Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Carrillo, Flor Garduño, Graciela Iturbide y Mariana Yampolsky: Works from the Bank of America Collection
Dates: September 29, 2017 to March 4, 2018
Experience: In the mid-20th century, Mexico was in a time of instability. Many artists captured the country’s struggle for unity and cultural identity through photography. Five of these modernist artists are featured in this exhibition.
Admission: $8 ($6 for students and seniors)
Exhibit: Karina Juarez, Humberto Rios, and Alejandra Laviada
Dates: September 14, 2017 to January 13, 2018
Experience: The award-winning trio of contemporary photographers, Karina Juarez, Humberto Rios and Alejandra Laviada, is featured in the gallery’s first-ever photography exhibition. The exhibition will explore themes like identity and loss to create a visual narrative.
Exhibit: Alejandro Cartagena: Home
Dates: December 13, 2017 to January 12, 2018
Experience: The exhibition will showcase landscapes and portraits designed to examine social, urban and environmental issues in Mexico. The artist has been in the collections of museums around the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Museo de Arte Moderno in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but this will be his first North Carolina showing.
Big shoutout to Bank of America for leading the planning, collaboration and funding of In Focus/Enfoque.
We’ll see you out there, museum hopping through Spring 2018!
(This content was co-created with Bank of America.)