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Works from major contemporary Latin American art collection to be exhibited at ASU Art Museum

February 15, 2013

Working in conjunction with Fundación/Colección Jumex, the ASU Art Museum in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is proud to present "Turn off the Sun," a rare opportunity for the public to experience selected works of art from one of the largest and most important contemporary art collections in Latin America.

La Colección Jumex is a spectacular collection of more than 2,600 works by emerging and established contemporary artists from Mexico, Latin America, the United States and Europe. Based in Mexico City, Fundación/Colección Jumex has a 10-year history of supporting contemporary art through collecting, exhibitions and educational programs.

Gordon Knox, director of the ASU Art Museum, praised Fundación/Colección Jumex’s ability to “recognize the potential of the complex multi-cultural population of Phoenix” and their support for what he called “an exhibition of sublime and transformative projects by world-class artists, many of whom have never shown in Arizona.”

The exhibition "Turn off the Sun" presents major pieces and installations by artists exploring diverse media and practice. The work has been selected around the complex relationship between Arizona and Mexico with broad references to borders, labor, movement and site.

The exhibition is co-curated by Heather Sealy Lineberry, senior curator and associate director of the ASU Art Museum, Julio César Morales, curator of the ASU Art Museum, and Michel Blancsubé, curator of Fundación/Colección Jumex.

“Our partnership with Fundación/Colección Jumex and our curatorial selections were inspired by broad conversations of our contexts,” said Lineberry, including “the extremity of the Arizona landscape (climate and politics), the impact of the border (physical and intellectual), labor (related to the border and to art), and the intersections with international contemporary art. While our selections relate to these topics of conversation, it is a purposefully broad exhibition that represents the spectacular breadth of La Colección Jumex and leaves room for the viewer to interpret and respond.”

Featured artists include: Doug Aitken, Alejandro Almanza Pereda (site-specific commission), Francis Alÿs, Iñaki Bonillas, Miguel Calderón, Raúl Cárdenas/Torolab, Lawrence Carroll, José Damasceno, Mark Dion, Sam Durant, Mónica Espinosa, Dan Graham, Cao Guimarães, Daniel Guzmán, Liza Lou, Eduardo Sarabia, Santiago Sierra, Robert Smithson, Superflex, Mungo Thomson and Jeff Wall.

"Turn off the Sun" is organized in partnership with Fundación Jumex, with generous support from the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation and additional support from the Helme Prinzen Endowment, Target and Friends of the ASU Art Museum.

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