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Raicilla Was the First: Art and Culture of the Agave and its Distillates

Raicilla Puerto Vallarta

Curator Rubén Ortiz Torres

First was the raicilla: art and culture of agave and its distillates

First was the root. Art and culture of agave and its distillates explores the relationship of agave, raicilla and its other distillates with our region, art and culture and brings together the work of more than 20 national and international artists, to offer a contemporary vision of agave and historical and social phenomena.

The participating artists are: Cecilia Barreto, Brewster Brockmann, Maldita Carmen, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Minerva Cuevas, Ariana Díaz, Demián Flores, Cristian Franco, Rubén Gamez, Saúl Hernández, Dr. Lakra, Mónica Leyva, Serapio Medrano, Adrien Missika, Gerardo Molina , Iraq Morales, Julio Orta, Isidro Pérez García, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Javier M. Rodríguez, Miranda Rosales, Eduardo Sarabia, Superflex, Austin Young and David Burns/Fallen Fruit, Cuervo Family Reserve Artists Collection.


Rubén Ortiz Torres studied fine arts and graduated from the National School of Fine Arts, UNAM, Mexico City. In 1990 he obtained a Fulbright scholarship to study at the California Institute of the Arts, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA). He draws on a wide range of artistic practices, including photography, video, film, installation and painting. Ortiz Torres is considered one of the most important Mexican artists of today, and an innovator in the 80s and 90s of a specifically Mexican type of postmodernism. His work is part of the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MoCA), the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), among many others, both public and private. .

First was the root

Art and culture of agave and its distillates

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