Maria Cristina Tavera: "HOMEWARD BOUND"

November 08, 2021 - December 03, 2021

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Washington & Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450



Artist Exhibition:
Monday, November 8–Friday, December 3, 2021
Staniar Gallery/Wilson Hall/Lenfest Center
Gallery Hours: M-F, 9am-5pm

Lecture and reception
Tuesday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Wilson Concert Hall & Lykes Atrium

All individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, are expected to wear masks in public indoor spaces on W&L campus.

Minneapolis-based artist, Maria Cristina Tavera (“Tina”) examines cultural signifiers regarding constructions of race, ethnicity, gender, national and cultural identities. The visual imagery is appropriated from Latin American legends, commercial packaging, the media, politics, comics, maps, currency, graffiti and games. Her visual vocabulary is created by layering together clever bilingual plays on meaning. Tavera’s art is often humorous and yet simultaneously confronts the dark legacy and pervasive effects of colonialism and racism in the Americas. She has dual citizenship with Mexico and the United States. She holds a Master of Leadership in the Arts from the Humphrey School and a BA in Spanish and BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Minnesota. Tavera has exhibited nationally and internationally and has received fellowships and grants: McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship, Archibald Bush Leadership Fellowship, Shannon Leadership Institute, Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies program, Museum of Modern Art- New York, Forecast Public Art, Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) and Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME). As an independent curator, she prepared the international exhibition "Sus Voces: Women Printmakers in Mexico" at Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was co-curator for American Art its Complicated at the Minnesota Museum of American Art (“M”). Her writings have been published by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, as well as a book titled, "Mexican Pulp Art".

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