Mexican Fugue, Part 2

Related Exhibition Photography in Mexico

Friday, April 13, 2012, 11:00 a.m.

Rooftop TV presents live encounters with contemporary artists and thinkers who represent a range of critical and artistic perspectives. This Rooftop TV conversation is the second installment in a two-part exploration of visual culture and Mexican identity. Following the "Mexican Fugue" panel held at SFMOMA on April 12, 2012, we bring together, around a table in the museum's Rooftop Garden, critics and historians María Inés Canal, Tarek Elhaik, Jesse Lerner, and Rogelio Villarreal, and link them via Skype to three artists featured in the exhibition Photography in Mexico.

Alejandro Cartagena, Pablo López Luz, and Daniela Rossell belong to a new generation of photographers whose work, in different ways, investigates the social and political landscape of contemporary Mexico. In this conversation moderated by Dominic Willsdon, the participants share their thoughts and respond to questions and comments submitted via email or Twitter.

To join the conversation, submit questions or comments by tweeting @SFMOMA with the hashtag #RooftopTV or emailing

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María Inés Canal, professor of contemporary theory and social science, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco
Alejandro Cartagena, artist
Tarek Elhaik, assistant professor of cinema studies, San Francisco State University
Jesse Lerner, professor of media studies, Pitzer College
Pablo López Luz, artist
Daniela Rossell, artist
Rogelio Villarreal, editor-in-chief, Replicante magazine
Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs, SFMOMA

Image: Pablo Lopez Luz, Vista Aerea de la Ciudad de Mexico, XIII (Aerial view of Mexico City, XIII), 2006; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Pablo Lopez Luz