Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College Chicago Presents Between Love and Madness: Mexican Comic Art from the 70s and Today

mexican comic artLeft: Original drawing from “El Ultimo Comprador” Micro Misterio #818, ink-on-paper. Right: Cover art from “El Profesor Panico” Micro Suspenso #243, offset book. Images courtesy of Christopher Sperandio.
Exhibition will feature four decades of Mexican comic art including ink-on-paper comic book drawings, microcuentos, and contemporary artists Alejandra Espino and Augusto Mora.

CHICAGO—February 25, 2019. Columbia College Chicago’s Glass Curtain Gallery will celebrate 40 years of Mexican comic art in an exhibition entitled Between Love and Madness: Mexican Comic Art from the 70s and Today. The exhibition will feature works from collections of ink-on-paper comic drawings originally published in comic books from the late 1960s and early 1970s, and will introduce Mexico’s “microcuentos” or “historietas”—flash fiction pieces that are little-known internationally. The exhibition will run from March 7–April 21.

“There is much missing from the history of Mexican comic art—biographies of the creators, copies of the comics in their published form, and even some publication dates,” said Meg Duguid, director of exhibitions for the Department of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces. “By shining a light on these works, we can honor their creators and start searching for the full background of these storytellers.”

The exhibition will also feature works by contemporary artists Alejandra Espino and Augusto Mora whose work is regarded as part of Mexico’s growing innovative and nuanced comic art scene. Additional works will include original painted cover art and vintage comic books.

“We are thrilled to host this exhibition and are especially grateful to bring contemporary Mexican comic artists Alejandra Espino and Augusto Mora to exhibit their work alongside the microcuentos,” added Duguid. “They are part of a new generation of comic artists committed to skillful drawing and progressive politics.”

Between Love and Madness: Mexican Comic Art from the 70s and Today is being organized by Christopher Sperandio, associate professor of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice University, who is working to preserve these works. Some of Sperandio’s students helped create the first iteration of this exhibition, which will now include his collection of over 1,300 ink-on-paper drawings and 14 complete comics published by Editorial Continente. Columbia’s Art and Art History Department is assisting with the exhibition, which is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

About the Curator

Christopher Sperandio’s works map the numerous margins between mass and museum cultures, taking a variety of forms including comics and books, games, temporary sculptures, painted installations, television, billboards, and digital media. Sperandio’s work has been presented in museums and art centers around the world. Commissioning institutions include: MoMA/PS1, the Public Art Fund, Creative Time, London’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Project Row Houses, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Wired Magazine, and DC Comics. A pioneer of Social Practice, Sperandio and his collaborative partner, Simon Grennan, participated in two landmark exhibitions: Culture in Action, curated by Mary Jane Jacob, and Nicolas Bourriaud’s Traffic. Sperandio’s work has been covered by the New York Times, Art In America, Artforum, Frieze, Flash Art, Sculpture Magazine, The New Yorker, ArtReview, Art Papers, Soap Opera Weekly, and others. Sperandio served as creator and an executive producer of the television series ARTSTAR.

About the Artists

Alejandra Espino has a background in art history and visual arts. Born in Mexico, comics are Espino’s main device vehicle to create stories that explore the possibilities of femininity and the construction and rescue of an alternate history/herstory. She received the Festo/CONACULTA Graphic Novel Award in 2014 and the Poesía en Voz Alta (Poetry Out Loud) Award in 2017 as part of the AA&A collective. She has published her work in anthologies at Editorial Sexto Piso (Mexico), FLBLB (France), and in solo and collective self-published projects.

Augusto Mora is a comic book author who has worked at MAD Magazine Mexico, El Chamuco, and Milenio Diario. His work has been exhibited at BDMEX 2014 at Blueberry Festival in Bourgues, France, Paginas vivas at Island Museum at Cozumel, and Where are they taking us to? at Lawndale Art Center in Houston. He has created several graphic novels including El Maizo, la maldición del vástago (2010), Grito de Victoria (2013), Fuertes Declaraciones (2014), Where are they taking us to? (2015) and Encuentro en la Tormenta (2018).

Between Love and Madness: Mexican Comic Art from the 70s and Today
Glass Curtain Gallery - Columbia College Chicago
1104 S. Wabash Ave., 1st Floor
March 7–April 21, 2019
Reception: March 7, 5–8 p.m., panel discussion at 6 p.m.
Glass Curtain Gallery - Hours
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Closed




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Anjali Julka