IMAGE: Installation view, Abraham Cruzvillegas: Hi, how are you, Gonzo?, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center on Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 2019. Artwork © Abraham Cruzvillegas. Courtesy the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City and New York. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Colin Doyle.

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Abraham Cruzvillegas:
Hi, how are you, Gonzo?

Exhibition Activation: Immortal Amaranth

Activations are included with museum admission.
Admission is free of charge every Tuesday; complimentary advance tickets for Tuesday activations are encouraged.

Abraham Cruzvillegas embraces the concept of autoconstrucción—loosely defined as “self-constructing”—in a vibrant artistic practice imbued with a sense of constant becoming, a curiosity to learn and share information.

Recently heralded as a "superfood," amaranth has been grown and consumed in Mexico and Central and South America for thousands of years. Come learn from cultural anthropologist Dr. Melissa Biggs about its history, from the temples of the empire of the Mexica (a Nahuatl-speaking indigenous people of the Valley of Mexico) to its use in outer space and its current incarnation as a health food. Participants will prepare a traditional Mexican sweet, alegría, made from toasted amaranth seeds, nuts and seeds, and dried fruit.

Melissa Biggs is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in food and critical heritage studies. She received her PhD from The University of Texas at Austin, and has taught at the Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio, Southwestern University, Texas State University, and Colorado College. She was a 2016–2017 Fulbright-García Robles Scholar in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she currently lives.