Frida Escobedo in conversation with Irene Sunwoo
and Luis Carranza
The Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery is pleased to present No. 9, an exhibition conceived by Frida Escobedo Taller de Arquitectura (Mexico City). The exhibition explores the history of la Ruta de la Amistad (“Route of Friendship”) in Mexico City—a series of nineteen monumental abstract sculptures by artists from seventeen countries, realized as part of the cultural program of the 1968 Olympics and integrated within the city’s then nascent highway system. Through archival photographs and documents, as well as a sculptural installation that reimagines the ninth “station” along la Ruta, by American artist Todd Williams (b. 1939), the exhibition proposes an alternative interpretation of this ambitious project: one rooted not in the spectacle of the sculptural program or its infrastructural scale, but in the cultural exchanges, bureaucratic processes, and contradictions underlying its conceptualization.
Free and open to the public.
Organized by The Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery at Columbia GSAPP.