While Zona Maco buzzes with energy, venture beyond the fairgrounds and devlve into the vibrant neighborhoods of Juarez and Roma. This Art Week, explore the heart of Mexico City’s dynamic art scene, pulsating with independent initiatives and historical charm.
From February 8th to 12th, within the vivacious Colonia Juárez neighborhood, Expo Reforma will once again host the must-visit satellite event of Mexico City Art Week: Feria Material. Marking its 10th edition, this former auto repair shop-turned-art-fair will feature an array of emerging talents and cutting-edge contemporary art.
Feria Material Highlights
- NOON Projects at booth B29 is showing new work by Fabian Guerrero, Maddy Inez Leeser, Matt Lifson, Johanna Jackson, Matt Momchilov, Daniela Gomez Paz, Christian Rogers, and David Shull.
- Music on the Rooftop: Groove to vibrant tunes with Joakks and Andrés Herran on Thursday, or sway to the sounds of Caribe 89 and Rob Castillo on Saturday.
- Performances: Witness artistic expression come alive with “Spirit Signals” by Sol Oosel & Sites and the captivating “Karaoke Lencho” by Issa Téllez.
- Talks and Events: Engage in stimulating conversations on diverse topics like museography, artistic panoramas, and the intriguing “How to Work Better?”
From February 8th to 11th, Salón ACME, an art event created by and for artists, will take place just two blocks south of Feria Material in the Juarez neighborhood. This platform provides visibility, support, and exposure to emerging creators from Mexico and abroad.
Established in 2013, Salón ACME has successfully organized ten editions and gained recognition as one of the world’s most authentic contemporary art events. It fosters new audiences and brings together a vibrant community of artists, curators, and collectors.
Salón ACME comprises six sections: Open Call, Estado, Bodega, Projects, Sala, and Patio. Please note that all events will be conducted in Spanish. For the latest program updates and ticket information, please visit the Salón ACME website.
Salón ACME Highlights
- Open Calls: Uncover the next generation of artistic talent during the Open Call event with Darío Escobar, Alejandro Romero, and Zazil Barba.
- Music: Let loose with live music in Jardín Prim featuring Avantgardo: Million Dollar Mermaids, Jawar, Steven Guberek, Rafatel, and more.
- Talks and Events: Delve into diverse themes with encounters on museography, “A fountain (different dissents),” and “Sala: The word is a collective gesture.”
Explore Vibrant Neighborhoods
Juarez, a district steeped in history and in the midst of a vibrant revival, offers a distinctive combination of architectural wonders and cutting-edge art spaces. As you stroll along Paseo de la Reforma, take in the striking Diana the Huntress statue and admire the neoclassical facades that line the street.
If you’re looking for a convenient and comfortable stay in this vibrant district, consider Hotel NH Collection Mexico City Reforma or Sofitel Mexico City Reforma. Both hotels are ideally situated to visit Feria Material, Salón ACME, and the surrounding galleries and institutions, such as Museo Experimental el Eco, Pequod Co., and Mariane Ibrahim. Additionally, Juarez is just north of the art neighborhood Roma Norte.
Elsa-Louise Manceaux at Pequod Co. in Juarez
In Juárez, at Pequod Co., Elsa-Louise Manceaux’s captivating solo exhibition, “Qualities’ Times,” is a must-see. The show, on display until March 23, 2024, offers a thought-provoking exploration of emotional evolution and visual sensibilities in a world undergoing rapid change.
Through diverse techniques and surfaces, Manceaux delves into profound social and cultural shifts, challenging the notion that painting’s formal aspects lack content. By questioning the qualities of today, she invites viewers to deconstruct this idea, highlighting luminosity, intimacy, and political and sexual emancipation. Her works emphasize sensitivity as a lens through which we can interpret the collective world.
Manceaux, a native of Paris born in 1985, now calls Mexico City her home. She completed her studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2009, followed by the SOMA postgraduate program in Mexico City from 2015 to 2016. In 2019, her artistic journey reached another milestone when her work was honored with the acquisition prize at the 3rd Landscape Biennial in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
Pequod Co. will also be at Feria Material at booth A28.
Pequod Co. | Booth A28 at Feria Material| Elsa-Louise Manceaux exhibition at Lancaster 29, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Guadalupe Rosales and rafa esparza at Commonwealth and Council in Roma Norte
The vibrant neighborhood of Roma Norte is a bohemian haven and bursts with art galleries, trendy cafes, and independent boutiques. Immerse yourself in contemporary artworks at OMR, kurimanzutto, and LABOR, or savor a delectable brunch at Rosetta to fuel your exploration.
Commonwealth and Council are presenting “WACHA: viajes transtemporales,” an exhibition featuring Guadalupe Rosales and rafa esparza. Through multimedia installations, Rosales breathes life into the electric energy of Los Angeles youth culture during the 1980s and 1990s. Meanwhile, esparza incorporates soil from meaningful locations into his adobe panel paintings and floor structures, creating a multidisciplinary dialogue that delves into personal and collective memories, as well as the formation of a queer Brown identity.
Their work, included in prestigious collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, invites viewers to embark on a reflective journey through time. These pieces emphasize the profound significance of collective identity by examining the past, present, and future.
Commonwealth and Council – Mexico City | Plaza Rio De Janeiro 52A-1, 52A-2, Roma Nte, CDMX, MX 06700
Restaurante Rosetta | Colima 166, Roma Nte., Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Zona Maco Map
The Find Contemporary Art map has yellow pins for Zona Maco, Feria Material, and Salón ACME and numbered blue pins for museums and galleries. Purple icons are for hotels and restaurants.
Purchase tickets to Feria Material and Salón ACME online for faster entry:
- Learn some basic Spanish phrases to enrich your local interactions.
- Download Google Translate for communication assistance.
- If your phone provider doesn’t have free coverage in Mexico, download an e-sim to stay connected and avoid roaming charges. Airalo is a good option.
- Remember to tip at restaurants and bars, although it’s generally less expected than in the US.
- Utilize the convenient Capital Bus Hop-on, Hop-off service connecting the Material Art Fair, Salon ACME, and BADA across the street from the W Mexico City in the Polanco district.
- The Mexico City Metro is extensive, only second to New York City in size within North America.
- If the metro doesn’t work for you, Uber is available in the city center, and taxis are always readily available.
- Download the Find Contemporary Art map. If you need directions, type your email address below, and they will automatically be sent to you.
Beyond Zona Maco, Juarez and Roma offer a unique immersion into Mexico City’s artistic soul. Let your journey unfold, guided by curiosity and a passion for exploration. ¡Buen viaje y feliz Art Week!