Material Art Fair

Material Art Fair

February 4, 2014

February 6–9, 2014

VIP Preview: Thursday, February 6, noon–6pm
Public opening: Thursday, February 6, 6–10pm

Friday, February 7, noon–9pm
Saturday, February 8, noon–9pm
Sunday, February 9, 11am–7pm

Hotel Hilton Mexico City Reforma
Av. Juárez 70
Centro (Downtown), Mexico City 

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Material Art Fair, Mexico City’s new international contemporary art fair focused on emerging practices, is pleased to announce its premiere edition, which will take place from February 6 through 9, at the convention center of the Hilton Mexico City Reforma, in the buzzing historic center of Mexico City.

Material will showcase 40 invited galleries, project spaces, and non-profits, all of which have been selected on the basis of the quality of their proposals as well as their general commitment to adventurous programming and support for emerging artists. 

The fair will feature a strong focus on Mexico’s much talked-about project space scene, as well as exhibitors from across the Americas and Europe. As for editorials and bookstores, New York’s legendary Printed Matter will be joining the fair together with Ediciones Acapulco, Casa Bosques and Casa Vecina from Mexico City. 

Material’s selection committee is comprised of Paola Santoscoy, Director of Museo Experimental El Eco; Guillermo Santamarina, chief curator at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil; Dorothée Dupuis, independent curator; and Michel Blancsube, Senior Curator at the Jumex Collection. Independent curator and ex-director of Galerie Crone in Berlin, Polina Stroganova, is a special advisor to the fair.

The fair’s organizers are Daniela Elbahara and Brett W Schultz—co-directors of Mexico City’s Yautepec gallery—along with Isa Castilla, private art advisor and director of the Material’s VIP Program. 

Exhibitor list
Alain Gutharc (Paris) / Andrew Rafacz (Chicago) / Bikini Wax (Mexico City) / Carrie Secrist (Chicago) / Casa Maauad (Mexico City) / Clifton Benevento (New York City) / Comexus (Mexico-USA) / Cooper Cole (Toronto) / Crone (Berlin) / David Petersen Gallery (Minneapolis) / DIA Galeria (Mexico City) / DiabloRosso (Panama) / Diagrama (Mexico City) / Future Gallery (Berlin) / Grava (Mexico City) / Green Gallery (Milwaukee) / Important Projects (Oakland) / Interstate (Brooklyn) / Kinman (London) / Komplot (Brussels) / La Compañia (Monterrey) / Lodos Contemporáneo (Mexico City) / Lulu (Mexico City) / Mal de Mar (Monterrey) / Michael Jon Gallery (Miami) / Neter (Mexico City) / No Space (Mexico City) / Oliver Francis Gallery (Dallas) / Otras Obras (Tijuana) / Parallel Oaxaca (Oaxaca) / Present Company (Brooklyn) / Preteen (Mexico City) / Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala City) / Queer Thoughts (Chicago) / Regina Rex (Queens) / So Fine Arts (Nomadic) / Tif Sigfrids (Los Angeles) / Torri (Paris) / Yautepec (Mexico City)

Special Project:
Sergio Bromberg (Mexico City / Los Angeles)

Bookstores / Editorials:
Casa Bosques (Mexico City) / Casa Vecina (Mexico City) / Editoriales Acapulco (Mexico City) / Printed Matter (New York City)

Conference series

“20 Million Mexicans Can’t Be Wrong”
Curated by Dorothée Dupuis, with the support of Polina Stroganova

Friday, February 7, noon–2pm
“Is Mexico City a New Berlin?”
With Sophie Goltz, Pedro Reyes and Chris Sharp
Moderated by Polina Stroganova

Saturday, February 8, noon–2pm
“Mexico City, Capital of the Americas?”
With Stefan Benchoam, Albertine de Galbert and Franklin Melendez
Moderated by Dorothée Dupuis

Sunday, February 9, noon–2pm
“What is a Latin American Artist Today?”
With Pia Camil, Arturo Hernández Alcázar and Natalia Valencia
Moderated by Daniel Montero

VIP & evening activities
Mexico City has a reputation for its nightlife and Material’s party series will be no exception. Wednesday night, EUAL (Estados Unidos de América Latina) will showcase a lineup including fast-rising star Juan Cirerol at Bahia Bar. Then the party will move up to the 35th floor of Latin America’s first skyscraper, the Torre Latinoamericana, for sure-to-be unforgettable events hosted by Night + Ansiedad on Thursday and DF’s electronic music mavens NAAFI on Saturday.