IMAGE: Installation view, Abraham Cruzvillegas: Hi, how are you, Gonzo?, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center on Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 2019. Artwork © Abraham Cruzvillegas. Courtesy the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City and New York. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Colin Doyle.

Abraham Cruzvillegas:
Hi, how are you, Gonzo?

Exhibition Activation:
Readings by Yuri Herrera and Gabriela Jauregui

Activations are included with museum admission.
Advance tickets recommended for timed events.

Abraham Cruzvillegas embraces the concept of autoconstrucción—loosely defined as “self-constructing”—in a vibrant artistic practice imbued with a sense of constant becoming and a curiosity to learn and share information.

In this spirit, Cruzvillegas has invited acclaimed writers Yuri Herrera and Gabriela Jauregui to activate the exhibition space, and they have proposed an evening of public readings in English and Spanish from their work, as well as a conversation about themes related to Cruzvillegas’s art. A number of Herrera and Jauregui’s publications are also featured in the artist-selected reading area of the exhibition.

Yuri Herrera (born in Actopan, Mexico) has published his work widely, including three recent novels translated into English by Lisa Dillman: Kingdom Cons (2017), The Transmigration of Bodies (2016), and Signs Preceding the End of the World (2015). He holds a PhD in Hispanic Language and Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane University, New Orleans.

Gabriela Jauregui (born in Mexico City) is the author of the poetry collection Controlled Decay (Akashic, 2008); two hybrid genre books, Leash Seeks Lost Bitch (Song Cave, 2015) and ManyFiestas! (Gato Negro, 2017); a book of short stories in Spanish (La memoria de las cosas, or The Memory of Things, 2015); and the feminist anthology Tsunami (Sexto Piso, 2018). She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside, and an MA in Comparative Literature and Critical Theory from the University of California, Irvine. She is a founding editor at the publishing collective Surplus Ediciones in Mexico. Jauregui has received the P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans (2007) and has been named one of the 39 Best Latin American Authors Under 39 by the Hay Festival's Bogota39 list.