Installation View, 'We Fight to Build a Free World,' Jewish Museum, New York, 2020.

 

Installation View, 'We Fight to Build a Free World,' Jewish Museum, New York, 2020.

Enrique Chagoya is included in a group exhibition at the Jewish Museum, We Fight to Build a Free World, organized by New York-based artist and curator Jonathan Horowitz. The exhibition looks at how artists have historically responded to the rise of xenophobia, authoritarianism, anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry. Originally slated to open earlier this year, the exhibition has become increasingly relevant in the wake of recent events this year surrounding police brutality and systemic racism in America.

 

Chagoya is represented by a large-scale work on paper from 1989 titled Thesis / Antithesis, part of an early series of charcoal drawings by Chagoya which mimmic political cartoons in form and content. The work addresses modern-day colonialism and alludes to the codices of the Aztecs - a reference which Chagoya continues to explore in his art - with its limited red and black palette symbolizing the interdependence of opposites. Thesis / Antithesis is on view alongside over 80 artworks by artists such as Robert Colescott, Luis Jiménez, Adrian Piper, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol, among others.

 

The exhibition is on view through January 24, 2021. More information here.