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Glorioserías: The Body in Late Twentieth Century Mexican Art

    • gloriosería (n.) sp., conflation of gloria (glory), and grosería (a vulgarity): an exalted vulgarity

      “Gloriosería is a made-up word that conflates an enthusiasm for sensation with a fascination for the vulgar and the horrific. Viewers will find the artwork featured in Glorioserías both familiar and alien. The eleven artists in the exhibition display uniquely personal distillations of grotesque realism, intimate battles that nevertheless intersect with broader existential perils present in modern-day México.”
      —exhibition curator Álvaro Ibarra

      The expression gloriosería reflects how modern Mexican artists have grappled with grotesque realism—an artistic genre that brutalizes and exaggerates the bodily form—as a subversive method for negotiating personal and cultural identity, for presenting social critiques (especially of historical disenfranchisement under colonialism), and for offering new perceptions of fundamental humanity.

      Featured artists include Arnold Belkin, Enrique Chagoya, José Luis Cuevas, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Toledo, and more. The works in this exhibition are drawn from GAMA’s permanent collection and from the private collection of Dale Pruce and Leslie Walker.

      Álvaro Ibarra (M.A. and Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is a Temporary Assistant Professor at Utah State University whose primary area of expertise is in the art, architecture, and archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome. His secondary interests include modern through contemporary art from Latin America, with a concentration on Mexican, Chicano, and Latina/o/x.

      Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, the FUNd Endowment at CSU, Colorado Creative Industries, and the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment at CSU.