Marcelaygina punk artists are the focus of a retrospective at Marco

It’s Day 20 of Drynuary as I write this and I’m distracted Ideal Manhattan. I am Caroline Mirandaart and design columnist for the Los Angeles Times, with essential art news and TV art criticism for the week:

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during my trip to Monterrey, Mexico Last month, I totally sniffed out a pair of short videos in the ground floor gallery at Monterey Museum of Contemporary Art Created by the art collective known as marcelaygina. Videos titled “Graffiti of Lipstick No. 1 and 2” Since 2002, show artists – real names: Marcella Quiroga And Jenna Arisby – Riding the bus, their lipstick looks as if it was applied by the Joker, if the Joker has an acute case of delirium tremens. The artists, who wear sunglasses as part of the look, in turn look careless and deranged.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the marcelaygina show lately, prompted by an article I recently published Ayesha A. Siddiqi on its Substack (Read it!) which combines an analysis of the Icelandic horror film “Lamb” with an examination “cruiser” Politics and aesthetics. Trad, of course, being a conservative subculture that generally spends a lot of time agitating for classic architecture and family heterogeneity with gender divisions of labor. “Trad endorses the gender role models formerly found in church sermons and 1950s suburbs,” she wrote, “and which are now being welcomed by men and women across social media — who are disenchanted with the ways they feel let down and exhausted by the sexual revolution.” Economic stress from the survival of capitalism in failed states.

In their work, Quiroga and Arizpe, who hail from Monterrey, relentlessly flout the ideals of Mexican culture: hyper-femininity, impossible standards of beauty and the various circumstances (patriarchy, economics, government) that support this.

Official portrait of artists Gina Arizpe and Marcela Quiroga pose as faux quinceanera in pink ruffled gowns

“Quinceañeras / Sweet memory 1”, 1999, by marcelaygina.


The duo, who worked as a group from 1997 to 2010, were ahead of their time. Together, they poked fun at the arching qualities of a portrait quinceanera and created an interactive nail salon that featured highly exaggerated creations (ridiculously long toe faux pas, for example), as well as other more modern pieces. Think: pressure nails made with X-Acto knives.

They also did more extreme actions. At an event in Paris, they urinated in public while dressed as a schoolgirl. On another occasion, they painted a mural of themselves in which their faces were sprayed with milk—an image drawn from the mores of pornography as they scrutinized the objectification of women in Mexican muralism.

The pair was shown at PST: Los Angeles/Los Angeles Watch,Under the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in 1990 Mexico In the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena in 2017. This show featured documents from a show in Mexico City, where the marcelaygina — decked out in black vinyl ensembles — reportedly got drunk and drove around the zócalo before being handed over to their show by police. It is unclear if the police were involved. (It’s definitely worth picking up catalog For “Under the Underground” for an article by michelle fiedler, Which not only gives their work some context, but provides an interesting overview of the Monterey scene in the late 1990s and early 1990s.)

The show is in Marco titled “We would like to answer some questions: The marcelaygina collective, 1997-2010,” It brings the necessary attention to the “bad girls of Mexican performance” – as they describe it. In addition to gender issues, the couple also addressed violence, borders, and immigration.

The installation in the photo gallery shows a row of black inner tubes hanging like a swing from the ceiling

“Columpio (Swing)”, 2007, by marcelaygina.


The marcelaygina would probably be better known had they lived in a more prominent artistic center. But their context, in the end, makes their work intriguing—and fearless. Stemming from the industrial landscape of Monterey, at a time when the city’s politics and economy were in flux, these are artists who worked without regard to the market or to the established hierarchies of the art world.

If you find yourself in Monterey, don’t miss it.

We would like to answer a few questions: The collective marcelaygina, “1997-2010” is on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey (Marco) until February 2023;

Classic Notes

Classical Times music critic Mark Sweden I got Two interesting faces on me Mahler’s Ninth Symphony Last Week – “An abstract symphony containing his deepest and most enduring final thoughts.” The first was led Michael Tilson Thomasending his two weeks as guest conductor Los Angeles Phil; The second, a performance before Pacific Symphony led Carl St Clair.

Michael Tilson Thomas, in a blue T-shirt, presses his finger to his lips as Los Angeles Phil leads

Michael Tilson Thomas does Prom Morning with the LA Phil at Disney Hall.

(Danya Maxwell/Los Angeles Times)

inside and outside the showrooms

For the past eight years, it has been 18 Art Center Street He was leading the community’s creation of a map intended to document the “cultural origins” of the Pico Santa Monica Neighborhood – such as individuals, locations, organizations, and events, with an emphasis on those that preceded gentrification in the area. Now, thanks to a $3.3 million grant from California Arts CouncilThe program is expanding statewide. You want to join? Cultural writer Deborah Fankin He has deets.

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There’s a new gallery in downtown Los Angeles: Good Mother Exhibitionthat have their roots Oaklandopened a store in Arts districtClose to 6th Street Viaduct. Led by the brothers Ian And Jared GethmalPart of the goal is Create more technical links between Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

The building's exterior is titled Good Mother Gallery

Good Mother Gallery is a new exhibition space in the Arts District.

(The Good Mother Gallery)

Monument to Martin Luther King Jr in Boston for the artist Hank Willis Thomas It shows a pair of disembodied arms inspired by the image of the civil rights leader embracing his wife He was making headlines For other body parts it may or may not resemble it. in Interview With CNNThomas says he won’t be making any changes to the piece.

Speaking of relics, I’ve been digging in New podcast titled “the bust” By the Director of the Monument Lab Paul Farber. It tells the story of the famous rocky statue in Philadelphia Everything it stands for and everything it lacks.

Interesting fact: there is Memorial For insulting a former Los Angeles councilman Jose Huizar in Zacatecas.

on and off the stage

playwright “Home Front” by Warren Leight, Currently displayed in Victory Theatre in Burbank, Imagine romance between a Black Navy officer (played before CJ Lindsay) and a white widow looking to resume her life (Austin Highsmith Garces) In the wake of World War II. It is work, writes the Times theater critic Charles McNultyThis “doesn’t make up for the ugly side of our history.”

Austin Highsmith-Garces, in a printed dress, and CJ Lindsay, in a navy uniform, clinking champagne in a scene from

Austin Highsmith-Garces, left, and C.J. Lindsay appear in Warren Leight’s “Home Front.”

(Tim Sollins)

basic events

he is going to Modernism Week in Palm Springs? clerk Lisa Boone Approximation The best events and tours.

as always, Stephen Vargas she has All the best in his last appearance Los Angeles comes out Bulletin, including the annual Western dance camera New Film Festival Kehinde Wiley Appears in Roberts Enterprises. In addition he reports on accompanying shows Simon Strongview in Mocha.

A black and white photograph shows a group of dancers on a leaning structure, supporting themselves using knotted ropes

Simon Forte, “Slant Board”, exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, May 1982.

(Modern Art Museum)

And Matt Cooper she has His latest cultural guide – It has dance, comedy, jazz, and classical music – conveniently arranged by neighborhood, so you know what’s going on near you.


the L.A. New Play Project She has announced her support for four plays, three playwrights and four producers as part of her plays Awards 2022/2023. Include “Peerless” by Rosie Narasaki and “SHE” by Marlo White.

last August Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara It announced that it was closing due to financial problems. Now she’s back – Reopening to the public this weekend with an open house.


Arthur Duncana tap dancer known for keeping her figure visible, in part through her 18 years of performing on “The Lawrence Welk Show,” He died at the age of 97.

In an old publicity stunt, tap dancer Arthur Duncan is seen dancing enthusiastically in front of the Eiffel Tower

Tap dancer Arthur Duncan performs in front of the Eiffel Tower.

(Carol Carbone-Duncan / Sean Carbone)

Lupe Serranoa ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre, who is known for her virtuosity, dancing with figures such as Rudolf Nureyev, is Died at 92.

John Velezan acrobatic dancer known for her way around Lindy Hop Died at 98.

Guadalupe Rivera Marinea historian and former Mexican senator who was the daughter of muralist Diego Rivera and writer Lupe Marin, Died at 98.

In other news

– “The wet thud of the silver spoon falling on the stately dining-room rug.” Rob Anderson in conclusion ora restaurant celebrated by critics however Work largely on free labor.
– New Artist Trackbook Barbara Chase Riboudthrough life Her letters to her mother.
cave paintings It can contain primitive written language.
Musician or performer Nick Cave Wants It is not related to gpt chat: “As far as I know, algorithms do not feel.”
– How design Showcase LACMA Scandinavian design embodies its principles inside the installation.
– my colleague Nabih deceived He has a wonderful dispatch on Saudi Arabia‘s construction ambitions. Perhaps the word “delusions” would be better.
Matthew Messina Mooneya notorious mafia boss who ordered a series of bombings in the 1990s that left many dead and damaged Uffizi Galleries, He was arrested.
Grandin Temple about our education system visual thinkers.
Personal effects of Andre Leon Talley We are For sale by auction in Christie I think I might need that Gold embroidered kaftan.

last but not least …

The Daily Shows Leslie Jones This is an MLK statue in Boston. Includes the best description yet of the Mona Lisa. (starts at 5:01)

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