Art in the Twenty-First Century: Mexico City

United States | 2016 | 56 min
English, Spanish
Cinematography: Pedro Gomez Millan, Hatuey Viveros
Distribution: ART21
Editing: Kate Taverna
Music: Joel Pickard
Producer: Ian Forster, Eve Moros Ortega
Production: ART21


In this film from the documentary series Art in the Twenty-First Century, artists from Mexico City exit their homes and studios to use the expanding megalopolis as their canvas. Reflecting order and chaos, narration and deconstruction, the personal and the political, four artists—Natalia Almada, Minerva Cuevas, Damián Ortega and Pedro Reyes—seek to transform the world in which they live. The artists present everyday materials as artworks, mine recognizable images for their poetic potential, and take their art to the streets. In the project undertaken by Pedro Reyes, for example, objects become vectors of change: with the help of children, he transforms firearms into artistically and socially powerful musical instruments and sculptures.


Deborah Dickson

Independent filmmaker Deborah Dickson has won prizes at major international festivals and has been nominated for three Academy Awards. Her films have also aired on HBO and PBS. In addition to directing and producing, Dickson teaches documentary directing at The School of Visual Arts in New York. She directed The Lost Bird Project (Mountainfilm 2012) about sculptor Todd McGrain’s efforts to keep alive the memory of five extinct North American birds.
Filmography | Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House (2002), LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton (2001), Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse (1996).

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Screenings playing this movie

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal - Auditorium Maxwell-Cummings
Screening # 76
Art in the Twenty-First Century: Mexico City
FIFA Grand Panorama

Art in the Twenty-First Century: Mexico City

United States | 56 min | 2016

English, Spanish

Femmes Artistes : Jenny Holzer
FIFA Grand Panorama

Femmes Artistes : Jenny Holzer

Germany | 26 min | 2016

German, French