The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena is a community-based contemporary arts center that offers innovative approaches to creating, exploring, and presenting the visual arts.
The grant will help support the exhibition Down and to the Left: Reflections on Mexico in the NAFTA Era. This exhibition is part of a year-long series of programs that consider the social, economic, political, and cultural conditions of Mexico in the 1990s, a decade characterized by political corruption, violence, border politics, industrial pollution, and a widening gap between the wealthy and impoverished. At the launch of NAFTA, many in Mexico — artists, activists, laborers, and others — reacted against it, and that climate influenced the forming of new contemporary art in Mexico at that time. The funded exhibition will run from May 7 through September 17, 2017.