Mundos Alternos

Art and Science Fiction in the Americas


September 16, 2017 - February 4, 2018

Opening Reception

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 6pm - 9pm

UCR ARTSblock presents Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas. A wide-ranging survey exhibition, it brings together contemporary artists from across the Americas who have tapped into science fiction’s capacity to imagine new realities, both utopian and dystopian. Science fiction offers a unique artistic landscape in which to explore the colonial enterprise that shaped the Americas and to present alternative perspectives speculating on the past and the future. In the works featured in the exhibition, most created in the last two decades, artists employ the imagery of science fiction to suggest diverse modes of existence and represent “alienating” ways of being in the world. Drawing on UCR’s strong faculty and collections in science fiction, the exhibition offers a groundbreaking account of the intersections among science fiction, techno-culture, and the visual arts.

Mundos Alternos brings together the work of international artists from across Latin America with Latino artists from throughout the United States: ADÁL; AZTLAN Dance Company; Guillermo Bert; Erica Bohm; Tania Candiani; Beatriz Cortez; Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza; Claudio Dicochea; Faivovich & Goldberg; Sofía Gallisá Muriente; Guillermo Gómez-Peña / La Pocha Nostra; La Gravedad de los Asuntos (Nahum and Ale de la Puente) with selected participants Tania Candiani, Juan José Díaz Infante, Nahum, Ale de la Puente; Hector Hernandez; Gyula Kosice; LA VATOCOSMICO c-s; Robert “Cyclona” Legorreta; Chico MacMurtrie / Amorphic Robot Works; Marion Martinez; MASA—MeChicano Alliance of Space Artists (Luis Valderas and Paul Karam) with selected participants Luis “Chispas” Guerrero, Sergio Hernández, Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez, Miguel Luciano, Laura Molina, Tony Ortega, Raul Servin, Luis Valderas; Jillian Mayer; Mundo Meza; Guadalupe Maravilla (formerly Irvin Morazán); Glexis Novoa; Rubén Ortiz Torres; Rigo 23; Alex Rivera; Clarissa Tossin; Carmelita Tropicana; Luis Valderas; Ricardo Valverde; José Luis Vargas; and Simón Vega.

Mundos Alternos is curated by Robb Hernández, Assistant Professor of English at UCR; Tyler Stallings, Artistic Director of the Culver Center of the Arts; and Joanna Szupinska-Myers, Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the California Museum of Photography. Kathryn Poindexter, CMP Assistant Curator, is Project Manager.

Mundos Alternos is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 60 cultural institutions from Santa Barbara to San Diego, and from Los Angeles to Palm Springs. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. 

Major support for this exhibition is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Additional support is provided by UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS), and the City of Riverside.

For more information about the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, visit

Image: Hector Hernandez, Bulca, 2015 (detail). Courtesy of the artist and UCR ARTSblock.