A widely-acclaimed contemporary Mexican artist, Nahum Zenil analyzes society through depictions of his own body, with powerful and, at times, shocking yet also intimate and accessible results. His highly original style, his creative use of sources in Mexican art, and his intrepid confrontation of current social issues all make his art compelling and highly relevant. Among his recurring themes are his relations with his family (especially his mother), his past as a schoolteacher, his ambivalent feelings about Catholicism, and the realities of being a gay man in a conservative Latin culture.
The exhibition is sponsored by the U.S.–Mexico Fund for Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, the California Arts Council, Grants for the Arts of the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, and the Abby Weed Grey Trust.