Your guide to In Focus/EnFoque, the multi-institution art exhibit of contemporary Mexican photography throughout Charlotte

Your guide to In Focus/EnFoque, the multi-institution art exhibit of contemporary Mexican photography throughout Charlotte
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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:

The Mint Museum

Leon Carlos

Exhibit: Reveal and Detonate: Contemporary Photography in Mexico
Dates: October 28, 2017 to June 17, 2018
ExperienceThis 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.

McColl Center for Art + Innovation

Nelson Morales

Nelson Morales

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.
Admission: Free

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Paul Strand, Church, Cuapiaxtla, Mexico (detail), 1933. © Aperture Foundation, Inc., Paul Strand Archive.

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.

Graciela Iturbide, Vendedora de zacates (Sponge vendor), Oaxaca, 1974 (detail), 1974. Courtesy of Graciela Iturbide. This Exhibition is provided by Bank of America Art in Our Communities program.

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)

LaCa (Latin American Contemporary Art) Projects

Alejandra Laviada

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.
Admission: Free

SOCO Gallery

Alejandro Cartagena

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.
Admission: Free

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.)

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