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What should be commemorated

16 December 2010

Rather ironic, considering art museums in the United States are uniting in protest of “Smithsonian Institution secretary G. Wayne Clough’s decision to remove a video by David Wojnarowicz from a show at the National Portrait Gallery, following protests from conservative Republicans and Catholic groups,” while the Museo de Antropología de Xalapa (Veracruz) has been exhibiting, without any protest, an outdoor poster show that is meant to have something to offend everyone.

Curator José Morelos writes:

This year of 2010 we Mexicans are witness to two historic events important in the life of the country: the Bicentennial of Independence and the Centennial of the Revolution.  For those who are lovers of opportunism, this will provide an excuse for vulgar extravaganzas rich in advertising but poor in ideas. For the rest of us, all the way to the farthest corner of the country, these events will provide a great opportunity to indulge in ardent and sincere patriotic fervor.  However, the economic crisis (more than fifty million Mexicans live in poverty), the millions of unemployed, the insecurity, the violence, the corruption, the impunity and the discrediting of authorities oblige and will continue to oblige our collective imagination to reflect and to reconsider what should be celebrated, what should be commemorated.

 

Via From Xico are two Revolutionary reflections bounds to annoy someone.

 

 

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