See 'The Donkey Show' in Santa Monica Tonight
How could we ignore an art exhibition with a name like The Donkey Show? The salacious title is sure to draw a crowd at two events tonight at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, which examine the intersection of reality and urban legend in Tijuana. The audio-visual art show focuses on the “American expectations, misconceptions, and fantasies of Mexico."
The SMMoA show features two different donkeys—one that lives in the dark corners of Mexican society: "The myth of the donkey show proliferated as Tijuana’s reputation as a den of ill repute grew in the American mind, from U.S. sex comics such as Tijuana Bibles and early U.S. smut films set in Tijuana, to local burlesque and prostitution houses real, the other imaginary...." The other donkey lets American tourists sit and pose for pictures with requisite sombreros atop their heads, looking, well, like asses themselves.