MEXTASY: A TRAVELING CIRCUS OF DESMADRE
Mextasy: Seductive Hallucinations of Latina/o Mannequins Prowling the American Unconscious is a traveling pop-up art show collecting the work and sharing the decadent Latina/o art collection of William Anthony Nericcio and Guillermo Nericcio García . The traveling exhibition was originally curated by Leticia Gómez Franco for Casa Familiar, San Ysidro, California , and Rachel Freyman Brown, South Texas College, McAllen, Texas —Mextasy both reflects on and expands upon Nericcio's 2007 American Library Association award-winning book with UT Press, Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the Mexican in America.
In addition to racist artifacts from American mass culture (the bread and butter of Uncle Sam's unconscious and the backstory for the resurgence in anti-Mexican, anti-Latina/o peoples presently), the show also features works that is that is, works by Mexican-American and other Latinx artists where the delicious fusion of the Mexican/US borderlands/frontera is writ large as in the deliriously delicious artistic tracings of Raul Gonzalez III, Perry Vasquez, Rafaella Suarez, and Izel Vargas.
The Seattle show at Nepantla is a totally new curated experience dreamed up by Nericcio, Nericcio García, and Nepantla Grand Poobah Jake Prendez. Hot on the heels of the hit #Mextasy show at Iowa State University celebrating the 25 th anniversary of the Latina/o Studies Program there, it appears here in Seattle to treat the Pacific Northwest to a singular “circus of desmadres.”