Guadalajara’s Contemporary Art Scene
Collected by Allegra Ben-Amotz, AFAR Local Expert
In the past, aspiring artists would head for Mexico City as soon as they could scrape together the cash. More recently, however, they’ve been drawn to Guadalajara, where a new crop of funky art galleries and creative spaces has turned neighborhoods like Colonia Lafayette and Colonia Americana into design destinations for Mexico’s cultural set.
Cuauhtémoc 157, Rancho Blanco, 45500 San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Jal., Mexico
A family-owned ceramics studio, Cerámica Suro opened in the 1950s to manufacture wares for luxury hotels. When José Noé Suro, the son of the original owner, took over the factory, he invited some of his artist friends to...
Blvrd Puerta de Hierro 5210, Puerta de Hierro, 45116 Zapopan, Jal., Mexico
Opened by a Guadalajara native, CURRO is a contemporary art gallery showcasing edgy, conceptual work by mostly Latin American artists. Many of the pieces here are in constant conversation with the physical boundaries of the gallery, which is...
Av. de la Paz 2219, Lafayette, 44140 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Located in the charming neighborhood of Colonia Lafayette, Hotel Demetria is among Guadalajara’s trendiest boutique hotels. In addition to stylish rooms, a rooftop pool, and a popular restaurant, the hotel features a contemporary art gallery...
Prol. 20 De Noviembre 166, Zapopan, 45100 Zapopan, Jal., Mexico
Zapopan is mostly known for its 17th-century basilica and adjoining convent, as well as some parish churches and shaded squares with splashing fountains. The Museo de Arte Zapopan (MAZ) can therefore come as a surprise, sitting on the city’s...
Calle Aurelio Aceves 27, Arcos Vallarta, 44130 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
A nonprofit art incubator opened by Los Angeles artist Eduardo Sarabio, PAOS occupies a building once owned by Modernist muralist José Celemente Orozco. Here, Sarabia and his fellow artists host exhibitions and artist residencies while...
Av. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla 1228, Zona Centro, 44160 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Along with regular exhibitions by local artists, this contemporary art gallery hosts events, screenings, and talks. The team recently opened a second location in New York, as well as an artist residency program in Mexico City.
Av. de la Paz 2207, Americana, 44160 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
A Madrid-based gallery that showcases some of Guadalajara’s best artists, Travesía Cuatro serves as a bridge between the European and Latin American art scenes. Perhaps more impressive than the work on display, however, is the...
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