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Tuesday March 8, 2011

Artist Francis Alÿs’ Look at Mexico City Debuts in Wellesley’s Davis Museum -  A CULTURAL MUST

Artist Francis Alÿs’ Look at Mexico City Debuts in Wellesley’s Davis Museum -  A CULTURAL MUST

Photo: A still from Francis Alÿs' "Paradox of Praxis"

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Artist Francis Alÿs’ first Boston-area solo exhibit can now be seen at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum.

“Francis Alÿs: The Moment Where Sculpture Happens” is presented in conjunction with the Davis Museum’s recent acquisition of a major triptych by Alÿs entitled Cityscape (1996-97). The exhibition features the Belgian-born artist’s subtle performances and extended documentation of life in the congested colonial center of his adopted home of Mexico City. The multimedia installation, specifically designed for the Freedman Gallery by the artist, in collaboration with Art Department faculty and adjunct curator James Oles, includes 35mm slide projections, video projections, and a light-table with slides and studies on tracing paper, to demonstrate the diverse range of Alÿs’s artistic practice over the past twenty years.

Key images in the show include the video works Paradox of Praxis 1 (1997) and Looking Up (Santo Domingo Square) (2001); and the slide-show Ambulantes (1992-2006).  In an adjacent space, Cityscape will be installed together with preparatory drawings donated by the artist.  The Davis will also present a documentary that Alÿs produced about his collaborations with traditional sign-painters (rotulistas) in Mexico City, including those involved in the production of Cityscape.

What - “Francis Alys: The Moment Where Sculpture Happens”
When - Through June 5
Where - Davis Museum, Wellesley College
Exhibit Hours - Tuesday through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 4 p.m.
Admission in free
For additional info call 781-283-3382 call or visit www.davismuseum.wellesley.edu