Cultural geographies:

The invention of museum circuits in 20th century Mexico City.

A conversation with Ana Garduño

We restart our program Art & Architecture Derives. On this occasion we are accompanied by the historian and researcher Ana Garduño.

Have you observed how there are museum circuits in certain areas of Mexico City?

Join us in this 10º Art and Architecture Derive. Ana Garduño will talk about the various museum projects and “Cities of the Arts” that emerged throughout the 20th century in Mexico: from utopian proposals to completely feasible, passing through the Olinka of Dr. Atl or the City of Museums and Arts by Diego Rivera, until reaching projects such as the National Museum of Anthropology. Throughout this period, the urban process of Mexico City had an impact on the cultural infrastructure and produced an expansion of museums that went from the central zone to the south or Chapultepec.

The appearance of the new museum circuits, in addition to grouping in specific territories, promoted the strengthening and emergence of networks of art galleries and cultural centers in surrounding areas. These new circuits, in turn, fostered a certain cultural invisibility of other areas (north, east, west) and their erasure in the artistic life of the inhabitants of the city.


Cultural geographies: The invention of museum circuits in 20th century Mexico City..
A conversation with Ana Garduño.

  • Saturday, March 25, 2023
  • 13:00h
  • At Espacio Arte Abierto, located on the second floor 2 in Artz Pedregal
  • Free admission

No registration needed.


Ana Garduño
Es doctora en Historia del Arte por la UNAM e investigadora del INBAL. Actualmente es profesora de la maestría en Historia en la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, UNAM, y de la maestría en Estudios y Prácticas Museales de la Escuela Nacional de Restauración del INAH. Ha sido curadora de exposiciones temporales en diversas instituciones, como el Museo Nacional de San Carlos, el Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, el Museo de Arte Moderno y el Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil. Sus líneas de investigación son la historia y el análisis del sistema de museos en México, el coleccionismo de arte y las políticas culturales.

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Arte Abierto continues with its new public program Derivas de Arte y Arquitectura (Art & Architecture Derives), which seeks to renew our gaze on the architectural legacy of Mexico City. From a series of talks focused on rescuing the parallel stories of emblematic architectural projects and public spaces that have witnessed the variable intersection between art and architecture. In this first stage, the program deals mainly with modern architecture, based on a series of talks given by invited curators, architects, artists and urban planners.

With this program, ways of returning to architecture part of its public, experiential, collective character and close to those of us who inhabit the city are tested, recognizing in it its condition as a living archive. From these talks, circumstances, contexts and anecdotes are revealed that have been part of his sensitive memory and that complement his material memory, a relationship that often escapes documentary narratives and academic accounts.

The objective of the drifts is to generate experiences of spatial rediscovery, which allow us to renew our gaze on the legacy of certain emblematic architectural and artistic works, as well as those that have been forgotten.

The derives will be carried out free of charge on the last Saturday of each month, at 1:00 p.m. with a limited capacity.

Arte Abierto Derives :

February 26: Tania Ragasol / Entorno urbano, cotidianidad y arte: La Torre de los Vientos by Gonzalo Fonseca

March 26 : David Miranda / Del Animal Herido y otros eventos escultóricos dentro de la arquitectura moderna

April 23: Gustavo Lipkau y Xavier Hierro / Integración plástica de los edificios del campus central de CU: sus murales

May 28: Marisol Argüelles / La casa-estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo. Del espacio doméstico a la dimensión de lo público

June 25: Luis Javier de la Torre/ La Ruta de la Amistad MÉXICO68… más allá de 1968

July 30: Aldo Solano/ Architecture for playing in 20th Century Mexico City.

August 27: Christian del Castillo/ Tracing the modern in the architecture of the Historic Center of Mexico City.

September 24: Juan José Kochen/ The ideal of the multifamily apartment complex.

October 29: Tania Candiani/ Quantum Prelude. Sound activation by Tania Candiani

Scheduled Public Program
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