The Art of Diplomacy in Mexico City

Posted by Camille Benton
September 17, 2010
Granite Sculpture Spiral Arc at U.S. Embassy Mexico City

About the Author: Camille Benton serves as a Curator for ART in EMBASSIES.

This week Mexico celebrated 200 years of independence. In recognition of the occasion and in honor of the vibrant exchange of cultures between our two countries, we note Connecting Lines, the ART in EMBASSIES exhibition currently installed in the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Mexico City. Central among the works in the exhibition are 10 granite sculptures by renowned artist, Jesús Moroles. Ranging from monumental to small-scale, each work offers a tactile experience and invites the participation of the viewer; some can even be played as musical instruments. In Spiral Arc, the slender half-moon form defies its weight and density while being enlivened by a textured surface that radiates energy. Moroles states, "My work is a discussion of how man exists in nature and touches nature and uses nature. Each of my pieces has about fifty percent of its surfaces untouched and raw -- those are parts of the stone that were torn. The rest of the work is smoothed and polished. The effect, which I want people to not only look at but touch, is a harmonious coexistence of the two."

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Jesús Moroles earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978 at North Texas State University, Denton. He apprenticed under Luis Jimenez in El Paso, Texas, 1978-79, and lived and worked in Pietrasanta, Italy, 1979-80. Among many honors, he received a 2008 National Medal of Arts Award, The White House, Washington, DC. His work is in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; the Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Osaka, Japan; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. Moroles lives and works in Rockport, Texas.

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