Last night En La Noche at MOLAA featured Fernando Llanos, leading Mexican video artist and curator of Manchuria: Peripheral Vision-A Felipe Ehrenberg Retrospective.  He gave a presentation on some of his work and also performed live with his band, mi:reyna.


Manchuria: Peripheral Vision-A Felipe Ehrenberg Retrospective opens this Sunday. Both Felipe Ehrenberg and Fernando Llanos, the curator of the exhibition, will give guests a tour of the exhibition from 3:30-5:00pm that day.

Below are some images of Felipe Ehrenberg putting the final touches on a piece that will be on view.

MOLAA’s permanent collection is constantly growing. While we can’t always have our entire collection out on view we  still want to share with you some of the different pieces of art you can expect to see here.


1.Alejandro Otero

(Venezuela, 1921-1990)

Delta solar / Solar Delta, 1979

stainless steel and aluminum, 28 3/4 x 39 1/4 x 16 1/2 in.

Gift of Beatriz and Manuel Kohn

2.Edgar Guzmanruiz

(Colombia, b. 1969)

Corte / Cut, 2006

wall sculpture, water-based paint and lacquer on wood

23 3/4 x 47 3/8 x 2 1/2 in.

Robert Gumbiner Collection

3.Carlos Cruz-Diez

(Venezuela, b. 1923)

Induction du jaune du série Denise /

Induction of Yellow from the series Denise, 2007

chromograph on paper mounted on aluminum, ed. 2/8, 70 7/8 x 31 1/2 in.

Gift of the artist

4.Florence Vaisberg

(Argentina, b. 1979)

Strukture / Structure, 2007

color photo on paper, ed. 1/3, 30 1/2 x 46 in.

Gift of the artist

5. Roberto Sebastián Matta

(Chile, 1911-2002)

Rôle Renversé / Role Reversal, 1987

oil and acrylic on canvas, 62 3/4 x 92 1/2 in.

Robert Gumbiner Collection



Recently, our store manager, Vanessa Castillo went on buying trips to both Mexico and Peru. These are a few of the many things she brought back from her trips. We  hope you can visit soon and remember, MOLAA members always receive 10% off all purchases!

Fernando Llanos


Fernando Llanos is one of Mexico’s most well-known video artists. His work has been shown in more than 20 countries including the Guggenheim in New York City, the World Wide Video Festival in Amsterdam and the Transmediale in Berlin, among others. He is also the curator of Manchuria: Peripheral Vision-A Felipe Ehrenberg Retrospective.

This coming Thursday, Fernando Llanos, who is also a musician, writer and blogger will perform live with his band, mi:reyna at En La Noche at MOLAA.

Fernando Llanos (playing the guitar) rehearsing at MOLAA.

Currently our curatorial staff is in the process of installing Manchuria: Peripheral Vision-A Felipe Ehrenberg Retrospective. These are a few images of what is  taking place in our galleries as we prepare for the opening  of the exhibition on May 23.

Manchuria: Peripheral VisionA Felipe Ehrenberg Retrospective on view beginning on May 23  and running through August 15, is an exhibition of multimedia works created by Felipe Ehrenberg, one of Mexico’s most influential  conceptual artists. The 50 year survey of 200 works curated by Fernando Llanos explores Ehrenberg’s contribution to a postmodern aesthetic of conceptual, performance, installation and video art from the 1960s to the present.

Felipe Ehrenberg (Mexico, b. 1943) studied printmaking and was taught by Mexican masters, Jose Chavez Morado and Mathias Goertiz. However, he is best recognized for his involvement with the Fluxus movement, an international network of artists acknowledged as proponents of conceptual and performance art.  In London, he and British artist David Mayor, founded the independent, artists’ press, Beau Geste Press (1971-1974). During that time Ehrenberg also became famous for his performance piece, A Date with Fate at the Tate, the first conceptual work (an audio recording documentation) to be represented in the Tate Modern collection.

In the mid-1970s, Ehrenberg returned to Mexico and formed several local artists groups. The most significant of these was Grupo Proceso Pentágono whose artists are recognized as the pioneers of Mexican conceptual art. By incorporating social initiatives with his artistic concerns, Ehrenberg formed an artist group of teachers who aided local communities to use mural art as a public voice. Gaining attention in the United States, he earned a Guggenheim Fellowship (1976), and a Fulbright Lecture Award (1988) and he was an artist-in-residence at Nexus Press, Atlanta, Georgia (1990). He was invited to create several installation works, at the University of Austin, Texas (1990), for the San Diego/Tijuana border initiative, InSite’94 and InSite’97, and for Configura-2 in Germany (1995). These works were all charged with social, cultural and political issues about the laborer, indigenous traditions and multiculturalism. Ehrenberg’s 1995 installation Tzompantli, a Mesoamerican skull rack of 15th century wooded beams and human craniums was the first work of installation art acquired by the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.

Through Ehrenberg’s visual dialogue, the exhibition’s narrative discourse offers a historic review of the postmodern paradigms of blurred borders, the dismantling of institutional structures and the undermining of master narratives. His exploration of the unorthodox, the innovative and the experimental are revealed in his textual and visual binaries’ of anarchism and resistance and empowerment and engagement. Ehrenberg’s practice has informed several generations of artists. Guillermo Gómez-Peña, California’s seminal Mexican performance artist describes Ehrenberg in his Manchuria exhibition catalog essay (2007) as, “his padrino conceptual, conceptual ‘goD.F.ather’ who has left a mark on three generations of rebellious artists in different countries.”


Felipe Ehrenberg – La Poubelle

Image credit:

Felipe Ehrenberg, circa 1966 Instantáneas  Fotomatic