The Weaving Our Cultures Arts Festival (WoCAF) and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Artwork are happy to existing “Two Cultures, One Family: Setting up Household, Acquiring House” Aug. 30, 2022 through Jan. 28, 2023. With this exhibition, professor Erika Abad draws on her private knowledge as the daughter of a historically multiracial household to curate a range of artists who invite us to question thoughts about the way that strategies all-around household, gender, sexual intercourse, and reproductive justice are negotiated these days.
Abad’s curation moves throughout a large array of media, encompassing paintings, sculptures, poetry, textiles, zines, movies, and drawings. Her themes array from reproductive genocide to the decisions that LGBTQ+ American families are forced to make now that a lot of states are pushing for trans- and homo- antagonistic laws.
The artists she has picked out include Chris E. Vargas, the founder of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Artwork the influential self-taught Chicano realist Hector Silva and the formerly-undocumented Arizonan artist Gabriela Muñoz, as nicely as area artists these as Keeva Lough, Lyssa Park, and Xochil Xitlalli. “Two Cultures, 1 Spouse and children” capabilities new perform made specially for this exhibition by the country-spanning duo of Lisa and Janelle Iglesias (also recognised as Las Hermanas Iglesias), the Portland-based mostly artist Lisa Jarrett (co-founder of Artwork 25, a collective focused to Black and Indigenous artists), and Las Vegas’ possess Krystal Ramirez. The curator asks us to mirror on past injustices with the inclusion of ¿Y Tu Abuela Donde Esta? (Where is Your Grandmother?), a well-known poem about racial hypocrisy by the Puerto Rican poet Fortunato Vizcarrondo (1895-1977).
“I hope this exhibition aids folks feel seen,” Abad says. “To have their people feel noticed. “Two Cultures” is a love letter to my mom and grandmother. Though our struggles are diverse, I am here simply because of them – a testomony to their resilience and sacrifice.”
“Two Cultures, Just one Spouse and children: Setting up Loved ones, Obtaining Property” capabilities function by Abayomi Brownfield, Fawn Douglas, Justin Favela, Noelle Garcia, Q’Shaundra James, Lisa Jarrett, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Keeva Lough, Linda Garcia Merchant, Gabriela Muñoz, Jean Munson, Lyssa Park, Krystal Ramirez, Hector Silva, Rose B. Simpson, Lance L. Smith, Chris E. Vargas, Fortunato Vizcarrondo, and Xochil Xitlalli.
The exhibition is created attainable by The Intersection, the Psi Upsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the Women’s Exploration Institute of Nevada, and the UNLV University Libraries with assistance from Art, Architecture, and Layout Librarian Richard Saladino.
The curator would like to give special thanks to her mother Aurea Abad, her sister Melissa Abad, and her aunt Cynthia Perry, in addition to the WoCAF collective, her pals and colleagues, Blanca Rincon, Iesha Jackson, and Doris Watson for supporting her throughout this undertaking.
The exhibition will be on look at at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art at UNLV from August 30, 2022 – January 28, 2023. Entry to the museum is free and open up to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Masks are recommended.
About the Curator
Erika Abad, Ph.D. is an incoming assistant professor of conversation at Nevada Condition Faculty. A former college-in-home for UNLV’s Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Reports program, Abad has been living in the Las Vegas Valley because 2016. Abad has collaborated with the Marjorie Barrick Museum due to the fact 2018, when she documented customer conversation with Mary Corey March’s Identity Tapestry set up and gave a similar lecture titled, “Who are we and How do we Recover?” She has penned on reveals and artists’ function for Settlers and Nomads, Latinx Spaces, and Dry Heat. She has been highlighted on The Art People Podcast, Latinos Who Lunch, and Viewing Shade. You can stick to her on IG: @prof_eabad. This show, motivated by “Mothers and Daughters in the U.S.,” a class she made at UNLV, brings full circle the conversation of what it signifies to excavate the socio-political problems of our foremothers to superior recognize why we exist in the environment the way we do.
About the Artists
Abayomi Brownfield is a multidisciplinary artist who produces representations of Black futures grounded in African and Afro-Indigenous cultural techniques and cosmologies. In 2021 she was an inaugural Roots Division Bay Location Black Artist Studio Fellow. Brownfield has a BA in African decoloniality in artwork & heritage from Mills School.
Justin Favela is a Las Vegas-dependent artist whose installations and sculptures manifest his interactions with American pop lifestyle and the Latinx working experience. A great deal of his oeuvre revolves close to creative reimaginings of piñatas. He has exhibited his operate in venues throughout the United States, which include the Sugar Hills Children’s Museum (New York Metropolis), the Museo de las Americas (Colorado), and the Phoenix Art Museum.
The artist and activist Fawn Douglas is an enrolled member of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe. Her studio exercise includes portray, weaving, sculpture, dance, and other styles of functionality. Douglas tells tales in buy to recall the earlier and ensure the tales of Indigenous peoples are read in the existing. She is the founder of Nuwu Artwork + Activism Studios, a studio, gallery, and celebration house in Las Vegas.
Noelle Garcia, a Chicago-dependent artist from the Klamath and Paiute tribes, focuses on themes of id, spouse and children history, and recovered narratives. Her paintings, drawings, and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and establishments across the United States. Garcia has earned awards and fellowships from many institutions these kinds of as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Nevada Arts Council. She received her MFA from UNLV in 2012.
Q’Shaundra James is a Las Vegas painter who produces up to date portraits and depictions of historic figures with the intention of enabling Black Us citizens to envision themselves exterior white America’s approved narrative. Her operate has been exhibited in venues throughout Southern Nevada.
Lisa Jarrett is an artist and educator whose intersectional practice considers the politics of difference in just a range of settings. Jarrett is an associate professor of neighborhood and context arts at Portland Condition University. She is co-founder and co-director of KSMoCA, the Harriet Tubman Middle Faculty Centre for Expanded Curatorial follow, and the artwork collective Artwork 25: Artwork in the 25th Century.
Las Hermanas Iglesias is a challenge-based mostly collaboration among artists Lisa and Janelle Inglesias. As the kids of Norwegian and Dominican immigrants, the sisters produce trans-disciplinary get the job done that explores concerns of hybridity, social participation, and transnational identities. Independently, every single sister has exhibited internationally and across the U.S. Often they collaborate with their mom, Bodhild.
Keeva Lough uses video clip and overall performance to check out gender, social constructions, and their results on the system. She graduated from the College of Oklahoma in 2012 with a BA in film & media experiments and is at the moment an MFA candidate at UNLV. Her function has been exhibited in Oklahoma, Nevada, Missouri, and France.
Linda Garcia Service provider is a author, archivist, and filmmaker. She is the founder of Voces Primeras, a creation company that generates and distributes documentary options about groundbreaking Latinas, and the co-founder of the Chicana Por Mi Raza Digital Memory Collective, a national oral background venture documenting 2nd wave Latina feminists.
The perform of Gabriela Muñoz is rooted in her ordeals as a migrant who lived in Arizona, undocumented, for a lot more than a ten years. Her observe is anxious with actions of social justice and racial equality. Muñoz’s operate has been exhibited at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Artwork (Arizona), the College of Arizona Art Museum, and the U.S./Mexico border fence.
Jean Munson is a feminist Filipina activist, cartoonist, and podcaster from Guam who takes advantage of comedian textbooks to empower people who have been traditionally underrepresented and misrepresented by the medium. She is a graduate of UNLV and a co-founder of the Las Vegas comics organization, Plot Twist Publishing. Her publications include Magic Eyeglasses and Stretch Marks: a Psychological Autobiography.
Lyssa Park is a Las Vegas-dependent artist who explores narrative by means of illustration, guides and hand-crafted objects, working with a wide range of approaches which includes pen-and-ink, collage, digital media, display printing, risograph printing, and sculpture. She has a BFA in illustration from the California Faculty of the Arts. At present she is a MFA prospect at UNLV.
Krystal Ramirez is an interdisciplinary artist whose do the job is centered around course, labor, and intake of the brown human body. She chooses products that highlight impermanence and spirituality, hinting at the weightless and hallucinatory existence of immigrants with no historical past. Born and raised in Las Vegas, she is currently a MFA applicant in art follow at Stanford University.
Hector Silva is a self-taught artist centered in Los Angeles. He uses drawing as a way to take a look at themes of cultural identity, eroticism, and natural beauty, concentrating on Latino road society and queer visibility. His operate has been exhibited in numerous venues, together with the Museum of Latin American Art (California), the Museum of Mexican American Art (Illinois), and the Autry Museum of the American West (California).
Rose B. Simpson is a blended-media artist dwelling in Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. Her do the job involves ceramic sculpture, metals, style, effectiveness, tunes, installation, creating, and tailor made cars and trucks. She acquired an MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island University of Design in 2011, an MFA in innovative non-fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2018, is gathered in museums throughout the continent, and has exhibited internationally.
Lance L. Smith is a Las Vegas-primarily based artist, illustrator, muralist, and trainer whose work generally explores themes of decline, distortion, and liberatory tactics. They have been highlighted in neighborhood and countrywide venues, like the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Artwork, Nevada Humanities Gallery, and the Bellevue Botanical Garden (Washington). Smith is the director of Rogers Art Loft, an artist residency in downtown Las Vegas.
Chris E. Vargas is a video maker and interdisciplinary artist whose operate deploys humor and functionality in conjunction with mainstream idioms to discover the intricate ways that LGBTQ+ individuals negotiate areas for by themselves inside of historical and institutional memory and common society. His operate has been exhibited internationally, with screenings at the Tate Fashionable (United Kingdom), Palais de Tokyo (France), LACE (California), and other venues. He is the government director of the Museum of Transgender Herstory & Art, an ongoing conceptual undertaking.
Fortunato Vizcarrondo Y Rodón was a musician and a poet. Born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, in 1895, he published three books of poetry: Dinga y mandinga (1942), Primavera y otoñales (1961), and Sonetos puertorriqueños (1968). His poems ended up generally recited and established to tunes. ¿Y Tu Abuela Donde Esta? – or ¿Y tu agüela, aonde ejtá? in the local dialect he adopted for the poem’s fictional Afro-Puerto Rican speaker – has been recorded quite a few situations. Vizcarrondo died in 1977.
Xochil Xitlalli is a self-taught Las Vegas-dependent artist and activist who shares the strategies of her Nahua ancestors by a assortment of mediums. She is effective in portray, clay sculpture, jewellery, textiles, and digital arts. Just lately she has targeted on depicting Aztec astrological symbols, companions, and guides from her personal non secular apply.
About the Weaving Our Cultures Arts Festival (WoCAF)
WoCAF is a potent system dedicated to making far more artwork situations that emphasize the get the job done of local artists. In 2022, Ladies of Color Arts Festival recognized the have to have to adjust its name to Weaving Our Culture Arts Competition to reflect the gender range of the collective and the artists it supports.
About the Architecture Studies Library
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About the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art thinks every person warrants accessibility to art that issues our comprehending of the present and evokes us to produce a foreseeable future that holds house for us all. Located on the campus of a single of the most racially assorted universities in the United States, we strive to produce a nourishing atmosphere for people who go on to be neglected by contemporary art museums, which include BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ groups. As the only art museum in the town of Las Vegas, we dedicate ourselves to leveling limitations that limit entry to the arts, specially for very first-time website visitors. To facilitate access for very low-money friends we provide cost-free entry to all our exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and local community actions. Our collection of artworks delivers an option for researchers and scholars to acquire a more intensive information of up to date artwork in Southern Nevada. The Barrick Museum is element of the Higher education of Fine Arts at UNLV.
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