Jesse Lerner’s film, curatorial and scholarly work all intervene in the complex historical relationship between the United States and Mexico. More recently, Lerner has focused specifically on exposing little-known aspects of Mexican modernism, such as the crime photography of the Cassasola archive. T.S.H. and Magnavoz—both use an episode of Mexican Modernism, the avant-garde Estridentista movement, as a way to communicate anxieties about Mexican nationalism, aesthetics and technology.
His work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, the Sundance Film Festival, Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, as well as other festivals and museums internationally. His books include F is for Phony (with Alex Juhasz, University of Minnesota Press) and The Shock of Modernity (Turner).http://www.americanegypt.net/cms_joomla/