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LACMA and NuMu

 

NuMu and LACMA, Art Across Borders

492 people pledged $78,347 to support this project on Kickstarter.

NuMu and its replica in Guatemala City, 2017.

NuMu and its replica in Guatemala City, 2017.

NuMu at LACMA, 2017.

NuMu at LACMA, 2017.

 

In 2012, Jessica Kairé and Stefan Benchoam turned a 2.5 x 2-meter “drive-thru egg-selling kiosk” into a gallery in Guatemala City. With a maximum occupancy of four people, NuMu is technically the smallest contemporary art museum in the world—and just the right size to fit on a flatbed truck.

With the support of 492 backers, NuMu teamed up with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to build a replica and take it on the road.

Making pit stops from the Museo Jumex in Mexico City to Ballroom Marfa in Texas, NuMu crossed two national borders, rivers, and more, all while opening its doors to onlookers and eventually “hatching” at LACMA in time for its exhibition A Universal History of Infamy, which celebrated Latin American artists. Since then, NuMu has shown artists from Pia Camil to Regina José Galindo to Federico Herrero, and has returned (safe and sound) to Guatemala City.

 
 
Drawing workshop at NuMu in Marfa, Texas, 2017. All images courtesy Jessica Kairé, Stefan Benchoam, and LACMA unless otherwise noted.

Drawing workshop at NuMu in Marfa, Texas, 2017. All images courtesy Jessica Kairé, Stefan Benchoam, and LACMA unless otherwise noted.

NuMu heading to the Guatemala-Mexico border, 2017.

NuMu heading to the Guatemala-Mexico border, 2017.

NuMu on the road, 2017.

NuMu on the road, 2017.

NuMu at Museo Jumex, Mexico City, exhibiting Joaquín Orellana, 2017.

NuMu at Museo Jumex, Mexico City, exhibiting Joaquín Orellana, 2017.

NuMu in Guatemala City exhibiting Pia Camil, 2017.

NuMu in Guatemala City exhibiting Pia Camil, 2017.

Carolina Caycedo  Conjuro de la locura  (Spell of Madness) at NuMu, 2017.

Carolina Caycedo Conjuro de la locura (Spell of Madness) at NuMu, 2017.

NuMu at Prada Marfa, 2017.

NuMu at Prada Marfa, 2017.

Eduardo Mata in NuMu, Los Angeles. Image courtesy Carolina A. Miranda / Los Angeles Times.

Eduardo Mata in NuMu, Los Angeles. Image courtesy Carolina A. Miranda / Los Angeles Times.