Enrique Chagoya:
Reimagining the New World

Enrique Chagoya’s provocative works incorporate diverse symbolic elements from pre-Columbian mythology, Western religious iconography, and American popular culture. Chagoya often appropriates the visual tropes of Western modernism in his works, just as the masters of Modern art cannibalized so-called primitive forms without properly contextualizing them. This exhibition highlights some of Chagoya’s most fascinating pieces: artist’s books that take their form from pre-Columbian codices. His contemporary codices illustrate an imagined world in which the European conquest of the New World failed and the normative culture of the Americas is based in indigenous ideology.

The artworks in this exhibition are drawn from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation.

Enrique Chagoya (American, born Mexico (b. 1953)) Illegal Alien's Guide to Somewhere Over the Rainbow, edition 13/30, 2010 color lithograph with chine collé 24 3/4 X 40 3/4 inches 2011.176

Enrique Chagoya (American, born Mexico (b. 1953)) The Enlightened Savage, edition 14/40, 2002 digital pigment prints on paper wrapped around can with silkscreened cardboard box stacked cans (a-j): 16 x 14 x 5 inches, box (k): 5 x 16 x 7 inches 2003.96a-k