Since the very beginning Open Art, Art for All has as mission forging an exhibition space accessible to the plastic production of artists. Throughout sixteen editions, the call has been faithful to the statement that Leopoldo Flores published in 1976 “"…We must manifest our works, more in accordance with the times, a young art, a dynamic art, a revolutionary art, an OPEN ART...” In response to this statement, the “Leopoldo Flores” University Museum embraces his objectives to recognize the plastic production of those who have struggled to express a social positioning through art.
Leopoldo Flores was a muralist and painter of large format works who, in order to generate the conditions to spark dialogues between the various alternative aesthetic expressions and reasonable lines of contemporary art, stood for the opening of new aesthetic and social spaces throughout his career. Open Art is the hinge that pushes social differences into aesthetic coincidences.
Open Art, Art for All also recognizes the work of D. H. C. Leopoldo Flores Valdés as a cultural seeker which is alive in his legacy at the MULF through twenty uninterrupted years of work, sixteen calls and museum halls covered with novel artistic expressions of painting, sculpture, graphics, installation, sound art, video, and performance. As a contemporary art museum, this heritage allows us to keep abreast of the times and in line with the needs of contemporary artistic production, and at the same time continue an experience that has led to constant renewal for 40 years.
The annual call Open Art, Art for All, has made possible to house various contemporary artistic expressions, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, graphics, video, sound art, installation, video art, and interactive pieces at the museum facilities, specifically at halls “D” and “E”. This has allowed the audience to connect with heterogeneous discourses in various means, becoming a witness of the evolution of art in both its discursive and narrative sense.
This call dates to the 70s, when artists of the time questioned institutions and galleries work on the endeavors of art and the little openness towards plastic experimentation. At that time, local artists took over various urban spaces in Toluca which through artistic actions got open to community participation, such as the ephemeral mural, a creative act that led to the movement Open Art.
In parallel with international artistic trends, Leopoldo Flores envisioned a movement that would demand and reflect on the need to have open spaces for both artists and artistic production at that time. In the city of Toluca, he started a movement accompanied by colleagues of which he would publish a manifesto in August 1976.
The Open Art, Art for All call is unique in its kind. An external jury selects three exhibition projects to be showcased separately in halls at the “Leopoldo Flores” University Museum, traditionally assigned for the purpose, in a minimum duration of 6 weeks over the course of the year. Each of the projects show coherence between the conceptualization of a theme and the way of turning it into an artistic object. To complement the recognition of these works, each of will be assigned an economic incentive of $20,000.00 (twenty thousand Mexican pesos 00/100 MXN) to foster artistic production.
During the 16 years in which the call has been published, submissions from different countries such as Colombia, Argentina, Italy, United States, Spain, Germany, Peru, South Korea, Argentina, Cuba, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Venezuela, Great Britain, and of course Mexico, among others, have been received, proving its international impact.
The Autonomous University of the State of Mexico
through the Vice-Rectorate for Cultural Affairs
the University Museums Office
and the “Leopoldo Flores” University Museum (MULF)
Based on articles 1, 2, sections II and V, 6, 16 and 34 of the Law of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico; 1, 2, 62 sections I, II, III and XII, 63, 133 and 134 of the University Statute of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico and; 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, section V, 9, 11 and 24 of the Regulations on Cultural Promotion of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico and others related and applicable to University Legislation.
With the aim of promoting artistic production that reflects a commitment to present times, the national and international artistic community is invited to participate in: ;
CALL FOR OPEN ART, ART FOR ALL.
FIRST. FIELDS OF PARTICIPATION
FIFTH. SELECTION PROCESS
SIXTH. SELECTED WORKS
SEVENTH. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
TENTH. PERSONAL DATA
TERMS OF REFERENCE
1The call only admits exhibition projects, not isolated pieces. However, an installation or set-specific art can be considered as an exhibition, depending on its nature and measurements. Reviewing the measurements of the available halls for the development of the project and the proposal of the body of work is advised.
2The personal data provided by the participants will be protected, incorporated and processed by the Leopoldo Flores University Museum (or in its absence by the Office of Cultural Promotion), in accordance with the applicable regulations, whose purpose will be solely and exclusively for the purposes of this Call. In compliance with the stated on articles 26, 27 and 28 of the General Law for the Protection of Personal Data Held by Obligors, we inform you of our privacy notice and management of personal data, available at: http://web.uaemex.mx/avisos/Aviso_Privacidad.pdf.
OF THE SELECTED PARTICIPANTS
OF THE EXHIBITION
Entelequias - Alondra Juárez Ramírez
Terra Rumoris -Jordan Bernardo Rangel Rojas
El campo mi manto - Ruth Avilés Banda y Gerardo Betancourt Alvearz
Nombrar lo nuevo - Uriel López
M. E.V. Ana Lilia Cruz Pais
Directora de la facultad de artes UAEMex
Artista interdiciplinario, curador y gestor cultural