This exhibition is the first major US presentation of work by Mario García Torres (Mexican, b. 1975). Working in a variety of media including video, installation, photography, and sculpture, García Torres creates environments that explore obscure histories and personalities, particularly those associated with conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s.
For each of his projects, García Torres researches evidence and myths related to relatively unknown events that happened alongside more well-known moments in art history. Embellishing these events through reenactment and fictionalized narrative, his work questions ways that history is constructed and interpreted through subjectivity, nostalgia, and the bias of author, reader, or viewer.
The exhibition features approximately 30 artworks made over the past two decades as well as a new piece commissioned by the Walker. All the works on view will have a direct reference to the Walker’s history, including connections to artists the museum has championed over the years, previous exhibitions, or works from the Walker’s collections that García Torres uses to uncover the limitations of memory and the subjectivity of historical record.
Curator: Vincenzo de Bellis