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TO JULY 15
In the 1930s, before he irreversibly changed the course of post war art, Jackson Pollock was looking to works by Mexican artists Josþ Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros for inspiration. Contemporary Mexican art is equally innovative and vibrant. See what the next art-world revolutionary might be looking at right now at the Mexican Cultural Institute’s “In the ’90s: Mexican Contemporary Art.” The thematically organized, uniformly excellent exhibition includes works by 42 members of Mexico’s avant garde. Among its highlights are Javier Marn’s Oaxacan clay sculpture, Perla Krauze’s haunting installation of water-filled lead trays and cipher-like wall-mounted sculptures, Paula Santiago’s miniature rice-paper garment stained with human blood, Teresa Velþ.zquez’s shadowy abstract painting, and Betsabe Romero’s specially commissioned installation Bread is Destiny (pictured), which includes automobile wheels baked into tire-sized loaves of bread. Through Tuesday, July 14, at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. Free. (202) 728-1675. (Leonard Roberge)