Cesar Garcia

Cesar Garcia

  • Director and Chief Curator, The Mistake Room
Curated Artpace Exhibitions

About Cesar Garcia

Cesar Garcia is the Founding Director and Chief Curator of The Mistake Room—Los Angeles’s international contemporary art space. A scholar, writer, and curator, Garcia formerly served as the Associate Director and Senior Curator of LAXART (2007-2012). In 2008 Garcia was part of the curatorial team of the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, and in 2012 he was one of the curators of Made in L.A. 2012, the first LA Biennial organized by the Hammer Museum and LAXART. In January 2012 Garcia was appointed United States Commissioner for the 13th International Cairo Biennial in Egypt. Garcia has curated a wide range of notable exhibitions and projects including Joel Kyack’s Superclogger (2010); artist Marcos Ramirez ERRE’s retrospective at the Carrillo Gil Museum in Mexico City (with Kevin Power, 2011); a re-staging of Mark di Suvero’s Artists Tower of Protest for the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival (2012); the US museum premier of Egyptian artist Wael Shawky’s Cabaret Crusades at the Hammer Museum (2013); and artist Eduardo Sarabia’s mid-career survey at the Instituto Cabañas in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca (2014) amongst others. At The Mistake Room Garcia has organized projects and exhibitions devoted to the work of Oscar Murillo (Colombia/UK), Gordon Matta-Clark (US), Korakrit Arunanondchai (Thailand/US), Ed Clark (US), and Vivian Suter (Switzerland/Guatemala). Currently Garcia is working on solo exhibitions with Ibrahim Mahama (Ghana), Gelitin (Vienna), and Teresa Burga (Peru), as well as on a historical survey of Third Cinema. In addition to his curatorial work, Garcia is also a Eugene V. Cota-Robles Doctoral Fellow in Culture and Performance at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance where he specializes in History and Theory of Museological, Exhibitionary and Curatorial Practices. He publishes, lectures, and teaches frequently and currently lives and works in Los Angeles.


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