About the Talk
Abraham Cruzvillegas is one of the most important conceptual artists of his generation to come from the vibrant art scene in Mexico City. For his Public Art Fund talk, Cruzvillegas will speak on his ten-year body of work titled Autoconstrucción, or “self-building.” He associates autoconstrucción with an improvised approach to domestic architecture that is deeply informed by the development of his childhood neighborhood, Pedragales de Coyoacan in the south of Mexico City. Built beyond the boundaries of the urban plan, on a hillside of volcanic rock, the self-made neighborhood required an approach to building, materials, and community solidarity that has served as both a metaphor and a methodology for Cruzvillegas’ ongoing approach to artmaking. As such, his diverse practice includes sculpture, installation, film, and performance works that utilize found objects, assemblage, and improvisation to address subjects such as survival economics, labor, and hybridity. For Cruzvillegas, autoconstrucción “is a process full of human warmth and solidarity among neighbors and relatives. It is important not just as collaboration, as shared capital, but also as an enriching learning for everyone who is part of a community, helping them to understand their own circumstances.”
he Public Art Fund Talks at The New School are organized by the Public Art Fund in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.
This program is made possible in part by Con Edison and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.