Nomadic Mexican Design Gallery MASA Opens “Intervención/Intersección” Inside Rockefeller Center – COOL HUNTING®
New York’s Rockefeller Center has been no stranger to art over the years, and yet the current exhibit, which takes place next to its iconic ice rink – in a sprawling 8,000 square foot underground space that once housed a federal post office – exceeds expectations. Known as Intervention/Intersectionthe contemporary design exhibition is Mexico City’s vision MASA Gallery, a nomadic organization that pops up to showcase profound works by Mexican artists, designers, and architects (or those who are or have been based in Mexico, like Isamu Noguchi). It’s their first exhibition in New York and it’s thought-provoking, as each piece dialogues with each other and the deliciously strange space itself.
Organized by Su-Wuand integrating the work of the founders of MASA (Brian Thoreen, Hector Esrawe and Age Salajoe from the studio EWE), the multi-artist installation oscillates between monumental furniture (including Acapulco armchairs weighing a ton of Mario Garcia Torres), captivating textiles and transgressive illustration. Concept corners (and a cage) emphasize some of the above elements. Since Frida Escobedo and Tania Canadani for Pedro Reyes, Alma Allen and Jose Davilaa group of featured artists contribute some truly impressive pieces, some of which the gallery allows guests to physically interact with.
“We used to have one exhibition a year in Mexico City, during Art Week,” Diego Argüelles, senior gallery partner at MASA, told us during our visit. “We are growing more and more. Last year we had an extra show in Oaxaca. This is our first exhibition outside the country. Argüelles says the location of the former Federal Post Office adds to the conceptual value of the experience, as the show is truly an international exchange of ideas. It also emphasizes the depth of each piece. Whether the eye quickly observes the texture of an object or the mind goes straight to the traditional technique that composed it, there is behind it all an exploration of purpose and identity.
In addition to the rink-level group exhibit, MASA installed the site-specific artwork ‘Saca Tus Trapos Al Sol’ by Mexican artist Pia Camil between the Rockefeller flagpoles. Center. Comprised of over 700 garments, the large-scale installation acts as a stunning community portrait, as each garment in the artwork was donated by someone from Mexico City. It’s whimsical but substantial – and it’s a fitting introduction to all the artwork hidden one floor below.
Intervention/Intersection is open to the public until June 24.
Exterior image by Pia Camil courtesy of MASA, all other images by Josh Rubin