Si Yo Fuera... (Guadalajara)

Guadalajara, Mexico. At the Instituto Cultural Cabanas museum you can see some of the incredible murals of Orozco. Floor graphics are used for wayfinding. This is probably intended to keep the building visually pristine and minimize distraction, but it forces the eyes to the floor, again and again. In this elegant building the floor graphics seem like a sloppy element. Simple color would be useful here, but not the busy visuals that are forced into each arrow. The right/left columns suggest a right/left organization, but the arrows are pointing in mixed directions.

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Orozco's astounding murals in the central chapel are the main reason to visit. Multi lingual guides lead groups of students and tourists, all craning their necks in the echoey space.

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After seeing the murals, there are other offerings. I chose to look for the exhibit "If I were Orozco"

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My time was limited, as was my Spanish comprehension, so I wasn't able to understand all the content and components. The narrow space included a timeline along one wall.

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The exhibition seemed to engage all ages equally,

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but the interactives seemed to be tailored to children only. Like the responses here to "Si yo fuera Orozco..." 

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The long narrow space was tight and busy.

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An interactive exploration of composition

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Movable symbolic elements, Orozco's iconography to play with.

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Drawing prompts.

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Rhyming title for these rotating panels.

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Painter's materials

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Mis campaneros, Orozco's colleagues.

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Most remarkable to me was this step up plank that allows visitors (children only?) to stand on a scaffold plank, as Orozco would have, in the dome of the chapel looking down. This is a stronge visceral connection, especially considering the Orozco only had one hand to paint with.

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