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Mala Noche

  • Monaco USA 2701 Cherokee Street St. Louis, MO, 63118 United States (map)

Monaco is pleased to debut "Mala Noche," a new body of work by artist José Guadalupe Garza. "Mala Noche" will open with a reception on Friday, January 19, from 7:00 – 10:00pm.

"Mala Noche" examines the visibility and invisibility of the Latin/a/o/x experience in the United States — its tensions, contradictions and complexities. Images of celebrities, “Mexican” food, album covers, and cleaning products are abstracted, blurred and arranged mise-en-scène to demonstrate ways in which the body politic and mainstream media villainize, marginalize, and idealize our collective and individual histories and culture.

"Mala Noche" takes its title from the 1985 film by Gus Van Sant and the fictional drug cartel that appears in the American television show, CSI: Miami.

José Guadalupe Garza is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and curator. His studio practice utilizes cinema and popular culture as conceptual frameworks to examine ways in which histories are continually constructed and reconstructed. Cinematic and historical events are conflated to create anachronistic narratives and spaces, in which viewers are confronted with issues of identity, representation, desire, violence, sexuality and consent.

"Mala Noche" will run through February 9, 2018. Monaco is open each Saturday during the exhibition run from 12:00 – 6:00pm.

Earlier Event: January 19
Mane 'n Tail Opening Reception
Later Event: January 19
Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception