Saber Acomodar:
Art and Workshops of Jalisco 1915-Now

September 13, 2017–January 21, 2018


Saber Acomodar: Art and Workshops of Jalisco 1915-Now presented an investigation of the work carried out in studios and artisanal workshops in Jalisco, Mexico. Focusing on the last 100 years of production, the works included in the exhibition showcased collaborations between artists and artisans (e.g. potters, carpenters, blacksmiths, jewelers, sign painters, and printmakers) who lived and worked in western Mexico. The result of these intersections was the integration of contemporary ideas and both pre-colonial techniques and methods introduced by the Spanish. Recently, artists have employed traditional materials and practices to produce complex conceptual objects and installations. 

The exhibition included artwork by Daniela Aguilar (b. 1975, Guadalajara), Jorge Méndez Blake (b. 1974, Guadalajara), Jose Dávila (b. 1974, Guadalajara), Claudia Fernández (b. 1965, Mexico City), Christian Franco (b. 1980, Baja, California), Mathias Goeritz (1915−1990, b. Germany), Cynthia Gutiérrez* (b. 1978, Guadalajara), Daniel Guzmán (b. 1964, Mexico City), JIS (b. 1963, Guadalajara), Juan Kraeppellin (1948−2009, b. Guadalajara), Gonzalo Lebrija (b. 1972, Mexico City), Rubén Méndez (b. 1960, Guadalajara), Fernando Palomar (b. 1967, Guadalajara), Jorge Pardo (b. 1963, Havana), Carlos Ranc (b. 1968, Paris), Jesus Reyes Ferreira (1880−1977, b. Guadalajara), Eduardo Sarabia (b. 1976, Los Angeles), Juan Soriano, Luis Miguel Suro (1972−2004, b. Guadalajara), Eduardo Terrazas (b. 1936, Guadalajara), Mario García Torres (b. 1975, Monclova, Mexico), Francisco Ugarte (b. 1973, Guadalajara), Taller Ditoria (established 1999), and Workshop of Timoteo Panduro.

* Member of the National System of Art Creators 2016-2019 of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts, Mexico.


Curated by
Patrick Charpenel, Executive Director, El Museo del Barrio, New York

Informative Text

Saber Acomodar: Art and Workshops of Jalisco 1915-Now was the principal exhibition of the Biennial of the Americas, and was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Arizona State University Art Museum.

This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Biennial of the Americas, Maestro Dobel Tequila, The Consulate General of Mexico, and the Arizona State University Art Museum. MCA Denver exhibitions are also sponsored in part by the Director's Vision Society. MCA Denver also thanks the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

The exhibition traveled to the Arizona State University Art Museum, March 17, 2018–June 30, 2018.