Turn off the Sun: Selections from la Colección Jumex

Working in conjunction with Fundación/Colección Jumex, the ASU Art Museum is proud to present Turn off the Sun, a rare opportunity for the public to experience selected works of art from one of the largest and most important contemporary art collections in Latin America.
 
La Colección Jumex is a spectacular collection of more than 2,600 works by emerging and established contemporary artists from Mexico, Latin America, the United States and Europe. Based in Mexico City, Fundación/Colección Jumex has a 10-year history of supporting contemporary art through collecting, exhibitions and educational programs.
 
The exhibition Turn off the Sun presents major pieces and installations by artists rarely or never seen in Arizona exploring diverse media and practice. The work has been selected around the complex relationship between Arizona and Mexico with broad references to borders, labor, movement and site.
 
The exhibition is co-curated by ASU Art Museum Senior Curator and Associate Director Heather Sealy Lineberry, ASU Art Museum Curator Julio Cesar Morales and Curator Michel Blancsubé of Colección Jumex.
 
Turn off the Sun was organized in partnership with Fundación/Colección Jumex, with generous support from the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation and additional support from the Helme Prinzen Endowment, Target, the Tempe Tourism Office, Dircks and Friends of the ASU Art Museum.
 
Public Programs:
 
March 15
Alejandro Almanza Perada 
Jumex exhibition artist
Lecture on art practice
Combine Studios
7 p.m.
Downtown Phoenix
 
Installation artist and sculptor Alejandro Almanza Pereda strips objects of their original meaning, rearranging them into clean, geometric structures. Almanza Pereda uses a wide range of both utilitarian and rare fine art objects to create sleek designs that function as visual puzzles of sorts. He lives and works between Manhattan and Brooklyn, in New York, and Mexico City, Mexico. He earned a BFA from University of Texas at El Paso (2005), attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2004), and is an MFA candidate at Hunter College of The City University of New York (2015). His work has been included in Bienal de Curitiba, Brazil (2011); Dublin Contemporary, Ireland (2011); The College of Wooster Art Museum (2011); Chert Berlin (2011); Fundación Magnolia, London (2011); Magnan Metz Gallery, New York (2010); Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (2009); and the Queens Museum of Art (2006).
 
 
March 23
Eduardo Sarabia
Jumex exhibition artist
Lecture on art practice
2 p.m.
Lower Level South Gallery
 
Born in Los Angeles in 1976, Eduardo Sarabia obtained a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles, and now lives and works in Los Angeles, Guadalajara and Berlin. Sarabia is known for creating fake evidence for semi-fictional events, using performance, drawing, painting, ceramics, photographs and sculpture to document events and ideas. His Latino heritage is an influence in his work, with its cultural symbols appearing throughout. Recently Sarabia has partaken in numerous international group shows, including I Love New York, I-20 Gallery, New York, 2001; the 51st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2005; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France, 2006 and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, Calif.,  2002; Museo Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2008; LA Louver, Los Angeles, 2008. Upcoming exhibitions include the Denver Contemporary Art Museum in 2013.
 
 
April 10
Superflex
Jumex Exhibition Artist
Lecture on art practice
7 p.m.
Combine Studios
The Danish artist group Superflex, founded by Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, centers around the discourse of “ethical capitalism” and development policy. The group describes their projects as “tools” - models or proposals that can be utilized and modified by the user. In their 1996 project “Supergas,” Superflex worked with European and African engineers and a sustainable agriculture organization in Tanzania to develop and market to African farmers an affordable bio gas generator that turns human and animal waste into fuel. The bio gas plant produces enough fuel for a family of 8-10 members to cook and to run one gas lamp for an evening.
In “Guaraná Power Corner” (2006), bottles of the soft drink Guaraná Power are stacked in a corner with a mirrored base and walls. In 2003, Superflex collaborated with local farmers from Maués in the Brazilian Amazon who cultivate the caffeine-rich berries of the guaraná plant. Multinational corporations have had a destructive effect on the market for guaraná, driving the prices for the raw seeds down by 80 percent while raising the price for their own retail products made from the fruit. Superflex worked with the farmers to copy the formula of the corporate soda, and then to create their own drink, called Guaraná Power. Produced directly by the farmers, Guaraná Power is sold in bars and cafés in Denmark, directly competing with the corporate version of the drink.
Superflex has exhibited in galleries around the world and been included in international art festivals such as the 42nd Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; the 6th Gwangju Biennial, Korea; and the 50th Venice Biennial, Italy.
 
 
September 5
Julio Cesar Morales
Artist/curator
The Mexican Social Laboratory: From punk rockers, piracy to the embassy of waste
Lecture on current Mexican art scene
7 p.m.
A presentation on the contemporary Mexican art scene with a focus on appropriation, performance and social practice seen through the work of artists Pedro Reyes, Tania Candiani, Torolab and a special previewof the forthcoming exhibition Moctezuma’s Revenge by Eduardo Sarabia at the ASU Art Museum (set for Spring of 2014).
 
 
 
Featured artists:
 
Doug Aitken
Alejandro Almanza Pereda (site-specific commission)
Francis Alÿs
Iñaki Bonillas
Miguel Calderón
Raúl Cárdenas Osuna/Torolab
Lawrence Carroll
José Damasceno
Mark Dion
Sam Durant
Mónica Espinosa
Dan Graham
Cao Guimarães
Daniel Guzmán
Liza Lou
Eduardo Sarabia
Santiago Sierra
Robert Smithson
Superflex
Mungo Thomson
Jeff Wall

Location: 
ASU Art Museum, Tempe campus
Price: 
Free