"Turn Off the Sun" at ASU Art Museum: A Hot Mess, Despite Some Cool Art

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Courtesy of the artist and La Colección Jumex, México.
Francis Alÿs' multi-media installation Cuando La Fe Mueve Montañas (When Faith Moves Mountains), Lima, Peru, April 11 th, (2002)

¿Como se dice "hot mess" en español?

It's about the only term I can think of to describe "Turn Off the Sun," an on-going exhibition of selections from the mighty Jumex Collection now showing at ASU Art Museum.

Initially, I was ecstatic when I heard that work from the Jumex Collection was to be shown locally. My enthusiasm was seriously curbed after seeing ASUAM's selection and treatment of the Jumex offerings - and I saw the show on two separate occasions to boot.

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La Colección Jumex, currently housed in Ecatepec, an industrial area about 45 minutes drive on a good day from the Centro Histórico of Mexico City, is said to be one of the largest and most important collections of contemporary art in Latin America. Started by Eugenio Lopez, sole heir to the multi-national Jumex food and fruit juice empire and a heavy-weight player in the world art market, the international collection includes not only blue chip artists like Cy Twombly, Carl Andre, Bruce Nauman, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons, but also current art luminaries like Mike Kelly, Francis Alÿs, Doug Aitken, Félix González-Torres (now deceased) and Rivane Neuenschwander. Not to mention every important contemporary artist in between, plus emerging Mexican artists.

It's located in a stunning space inside the Jumex factory complex, though you will have to surrender your passport in order to get in, even with a prior appointment. In November, Jumex plans to open a new, five-story museum, more centrally located in Polanco, Mexico City's answer to Bel Aire, designed by noted British modernist architect David Chipperfield. It will be neighbors with another heavy-hitter private museum, Museo Soumaya, housing the private collection of telecommunications magnate, Carlos Slim - said to be the richest man in the world - comprised of international art, artifacts and historical documents from the 15th through 20th century. Talk about an artistic mother lode. These are just a few of the reasons I love Mexico City so much.

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