Sweet Revenge

Don’t even think that an art exhibit named “Moctezuma’s Revenge” has anything to do with a digestive order. Instead, the first comprehensive solo exhibition of works by Mexican-American artist Eduardo Sarabia relates to the duality faced wjen exposing “clichés about Mexican culture in order to question the imaginary borders demarcated by cultural stereotypes,” according to the exhibition's press materials. Sarabia, a Los Angeleno living in Guadalajara among the dominant Norteño drug culture, appears to ask in his works: Are drugs Moctezuma’s revenge on America’s feigned cultural superiority?

Paintings feature blurred forms distorting reality, while Sarabia’s ceramic vases, distantly appearing as traditionally ornamented vases favored by American tourists, instead feature the modern hieroglyphs of cartel signs, drug symbols, skulls, and more.

Ah, revenge can be sweet. See how from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, at the ASU Art Museum, Mill Avenue and 10th Street in Tempe. The exhibit, which runs through April 26, is free. Call 480-965-2787 or visit

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 25. Continues through April 26, 2014