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Santiago Espinosa de los Monteros

Santiago Espinosa de los Monteros, Director of Visual and Performing Arts
Universidad Autónoma de México (UAM)


Mexico City, Mexico

The General Communication Coordinator of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Francisco Mata-Rosas, named Santiago Espinosa de los Monteros new Director of Visual and Performing Arts of the UAM. Espinosa, who began working in his new post at the end of last year, announced that the house of studies will have a contemporary art collection of its own that will include works by Mexican and international artists.

One of the central points of his administration is to reincorporate the UAM in the art system in Mexico City and Mexico, through a program of exhibitions and activities that contemplate the diverse tendencies in contemporary art developed by well-established artists, as well as to promote the participation of young artists with solid emerging proposals in group exhibitions and solo shows.

With this goal in mind, Espinosa de los Monteros will form an Art Committee comprised of curators, creators, researchers, and art critics. This committee will offer an inclusive vision in the selection of exhibition proposals and the curatorship of consistent, innovative, and stimulating works that generate a dialogue with the other pieces in the collection. Likewise, the committee will define the criteria for the acquisition of works.

A few years back, the UAM acquired several works to begin forming a collection. Because of budget issues, the initial project was only able to get 12 pieces. But it is expected that, beginning this year, a selection committee will be formed to reactivate the gradual purchase of more artworks. The collection currently has work by Marcela Armas, Carlos Aguirre, Marcos Kurtycz, and Enrique Je?ik, among others.

The objectives of the new director are aimed at establishing dialogs between the artistic programs offered through the cultural institutions of the UAM—including the Casa Rafael Galván, the Galería Metropolitana, the Casa de la Primera Imprenta, the Casa del Tiempo, and the Teatro Casa de la Paz, among others—and museums and galleries in Mexico City; as well as participating in events like Gallery Weekend and Sábado de Galerías.

In this context, the exhibition titled "Training the Present," open from February 16 to April 18, includes works from the UAM's collection. Additionally, Espinosa de los Monteros plans a fresh look at the Mexican Student Movement of 1968, fifty years after the events, as well as a posthumous tribute to artist Felipe Ehrenberg.

Santiago Espinosa de los Monteros (Mexico City, 1956) has a well-established and distinguished career as curator and art critic. He has collaborated with several newspapers and magazines in countries like Mexico and Venezuela, and, for several years now, he has been an ArtNexus contributor.

From 1990 to 1995, he served as cultural attaché of the Mexican Embassy in Venezuela and, for the two years that followed, he was cultural advisor at the Embassy of Mexico in Canada. He was also national coordinator of visual arts of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (from 2008 and 2009). He has been a judge in several competitions, salons, and biennials in Mexico and abroad.

Some of the international curatorships in which he has participated include: the BâleLatina Biennial in Basel, Switzerland; the curatorship of "Mexican Report," presented in several venues in the United States; "Looking at the South," presented in several places in Mexico, the United States, Guatemala, Belize, and Cuba; as well as "Espejos/Mirrors," exhibited in Washington D.C.



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