Roski Talks: Mónica Mayer

Mónica Mayer, Artist, Archivist, Mexico City 


Lecture: Feminist Art: ¿An effective political tool?
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Free and open to all
Wong Auditorium
Harris Hall (HAR) 101

Co-Presented with the Hammer Museum
In conjunction with Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985


Lecture: Art, Archives and Artist's Archives 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Free and open to all

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007


Mónica Mayer is an artist, activist, teacher and critic. She received her training in visual arts at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in Mexico City, studied sociology of art at Goddard College, and participated in the Feminist Studio Workshop in Los Angeles, California, from 1978 to 1980.

Primarily known as a performance artist, collaboration has been a defining element of her practice. In 1983, she formed the first feminist art group in Mexico with Maris Bustamante, Polvo de Gallina Negra (Black Hen Powder—to protect us from the patriarchal magic which makes women disappear). The group, as indicated by its tongue-in-cheek title, combined humor and satire to critique the marginal position of women artists in the Mexican art world.

In 1989, she founded Pinto my Raya with Victor Lerma, an ongoing project of critique and transformation of the art world, serving at once as an archive, a teaching platform, and a site of conceptual interventions. She is the author of ten books, authored both individually and collectively, among which are Rosa chillante: mujeres y performance en México [Screeching Pink: Women and Performance in Mexico] (México: Conaculta/Fonca, 2004), and Escandalario: los artistas y la distribución del arte [Agents of Scandal: Artists and Art Distribution] (México: AVJ Ediciones, 2006).

Her work has been exhibited in over 100 group exhibitions in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe. When in Doubt . . . Ask, a Retrocollective Exhibit of Mónica Mayer, was recently held at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City. As her first retrospective, the show intended to highlight the collaborative nature of Mayer’s work, hence its subtitle, presenting two-dimensional work, three-dimensional work, conceptual work, documents, publications, as well as a series of collaborations and performances.