Enrique Chagoya (left) with his work One Recession Watchdog (Instant Update), 2019 at the Opening Reception for What is an edition, anyway?, May 21, 2019. Photo: Pat Mazzera

Enrique Chagoya (left) with his work One Recession Watchdog (Instant Update), 2019 at the Opening Reception for What is an edition, anyway?, May 21, 2019. Photo: Pat Mazzera

Talks & Panels

Gallery Sessions: Enrique Chagoya

Enrique Chagoya discusses the satire and social commentary of his work One Recession Watchdog (Instant Update), 2011.

Enrique Chagoya elaborates upon the political satire of One Recession Watchdog (Instant Update), 2011, on view in What is an edition, anyway?. In this collaboration with software designer Sean Gallagher and artist Donald Farnsworth, Chagoya subtly redesigned a one-dollar bill and embedded it with networked electronics to display in real time the national debt of the United States. The resultant artist’s multiple transforms one of the most recognizable objects in the sphere of editions into a poignant commentary on the Great Recession of 2008.

Following the discussion, Chagoya invites Favianna Rodriguez to conduct a poster-making workshop. Register here to participate.

MFA’s free Gallery Sessions invite artists and curators to explore and contemplate their works on view with visitors in an intimate setting.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Enrique Chagoya (b. 1953) is a San Francisco-based visual artist working in a range of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, and multiples. In his artworks he juxtaposes secular, popular, and religious symbols in order to address the ongoing cultural clash between the United States and Latin America and to examine recurring themes of colonialism and oppression worldwide. Chagoya’s work can be found in the collections of the British Museum, London; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C., among other institutions. He is the recipient of many awards, including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Chagoya is the subject of the monograph Aliens (Berkeley: Kelly’s Cove Press, 2019). He received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently Professor of Art Practice in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.