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César García-Alvarez

César García-Alvarez is a Mexican-born, Los Angeles based curator, writer, and occasional academic. He is the co-founder and current Executive & Artistic Director of The Mistake Room (TMR) in Los Angeles. Prior to founding TMR he was Associate Director and Senior Curator at LAXART. He was one of the curators of Made in L.A. 2012, the U.S. Commissioner for the 13th International Cairo Biennial (2013), and most recently the co-curator of Desert X 2021.

Getting It Wrong

Over a decade ago I witnessed a performance by artist Glenn Kaino and magician Derek DelGaudio that encouraged us to think about mistakes as portals into new worlds. What I found most compelling about The Mistake Room was that it didn’t revel in the motivational rhetoric we often use when we talk about mistakes—how we learn from them and improve. Instead, it acknowledged the unpleasantness we feel when we make them.


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