Cuauhtémoc Medina

Cuauhtémoc Medina

Cuauhtémoc Medina (Mexico City, Mexico) is an art critic, curator and historian with a PhD in History and Theory of Art, University of Essex, and a BA in History from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico City. Since 1992 he has been a full-time researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, and has taught at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Previously, he was the first curator of Latin American Art Collections at Tate, London (2002-2008); director of the 7th International Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory, Mexico City (2009); and is one of the founders of Teratoma, a group of curators, critics and anthropologists based in Mexico City. Exhibitions include Teresa Margolles's project, What Else Could We Speak About? (2009), for the Mexican Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale; The Age of Discrepencies, Art and Visual Culture in Mexico 1968-1997 (in collaboration with Olivier Debroise, Pilar García and Alvaro Vazquez, 2007-2008), Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Francis Alÿs. Diez cuadras alrededor del estudio (2006), Antiguo Palacio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City; and 20 Million Mexicans can’t be Wrong (2002), South London Gallery. Medina also organized Francis Alÿs’s When Faith Moves Mountains (2002). He is currently organizing Proyecto de Arte Contemporáneo, Murcia with a year-long exhibition project entitled Dominó Caníbal. Some of his recent publications include South, South, South, South. 7th International Symposium of Contemporary Art Theory México (Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, 2010); "Towards a New Architecture" in Tercerunquinto. Investiduras institucionales (INBA-Conaculta, Cuauhtémoc, 2009); “La oscilación entre el mito y la crítica. Octavio Paz entre Duchamp y Tamayo” in Materia y sentido. El arte mexicano en la Mirada de Octavio Paz (Museo Nacional de Arte, INBA-Landucci, 2009); and “Entries” (in collaboration with Francis Alÿs) in Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception (Tate Publishing, London, 2010). He also contributes a bi-weekly art criticism column “Ojo Breve” in Reforma newspaper, Mexico City.

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