Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Gustavo Arellano, William Nericcio & Mextasy Coming to the Fullerton Public Library, April 28, 2011 | THURSDAY

am really excited to announce that Mextasy, fresh back from an exhibition at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is now booked to open for a limited one-day engagement at the Fullerton Public Library (co-sponsored by CSUF's ultra-rad Chicana/o Studies Department) where I will be giving a talk with Gustavo Arellano, everyone's favorite Ask A Mexican and the editor of the outrageously hip/current/progressive OC Weekly.  Come on out for the show and the exhibition--there will be readings from Tex[t]-Mex, Q & A with Gustavo and myself (¡lucha libre!), book-signings, and the exhibition--a rogues' gallery of scandalous graphic "Mexican" representations. Salma Hayek and Eva Longoria (along with Guy Ecker) are rumored to be coming for the gala, so make sure you are ready to brave the crowds.* It's free and open to the public.  Órale...

*OK, I started the rumor and its not true!

Click the story below for the skinny--more on the Arellano-designed lecture series here.

UPDATE.... The Orange County Register is getting in on the act!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Hawaii! Mextasy Invading the Islands! Space, Place and the Production of Knowledge Conference

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Mextasy: Seductive Hallucinations of Latina/o Mannequins Prowling the American Unconscious is a traveling art show/exhibit based on the work of William "Memo" Nericcio and Guillermo Nericcio García--it has previously toured in Ann Arbor, Michigan, San Ysidro, California (as Xicanoholic), McAllen, Texas, and Laredo, Texas. It just closed its Ann Arbor, MI showing March 26, 2011 (where the exhibit kidnapped the American Studies corridor on Wolverine campus). Next up is the April 8, 2011 opening at the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Mextasy both reflects and expand upon Nericcio's 2007 book with UT Press, Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the Mexican in America. In addition to racist artifacts from American mass culture (the bread and butter of Uncle Sam's unconscious), the show also features works that "xicanosmotic," that is, works by Mexican-American artists where the delicious tattoo of the Mexican/US frontera is writ large as with Perry Vasquez, Izel Vargas, and Marisela Norte.


MEXTASY was last featured at the Laredo Center of the Arts.

The Laredo Center opening followed on the heels of Mextasy's world premiere, September, 2010, at the Art Gallery @ South Texas College's Pecan Campus in McAllen, Texas. Curated by Rachael Freyman Brown, with the assistance of Amanda Alejos (not to mention the meddling of the artist, Guillermo Nericcio García).

Here's an interview about the show from last November.