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Sus Voces

Women Printmakers from Mexico

Pictured: Edith Chávez,  Crisantemo , woodcut, 2014

Pictured: Edith Chávez, Crisantemo, woodcut, 2014

On View: February 5, 2016 – March 26, 2016
Public Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday, March 4, 2016 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Curated by Maria Cristina Tavera, Sus Voces: Women Printmakers from Mexico features a variety of prints by nine artists living and working in Mexico: Adriana Calatayud Morán, Rossana Cervantes Vasquez, Edith Chávez, Mercedes López Calvo, Diana Morales Galicia, Paulina Olascoaga Chávez, Daniela Ramirez, Jimena Ramos, and América Rodriguez.

Sus Voces shares the unrelenting voices of nine contemporary women artists who explore their perspectives on the human condition in Mexico through artistic expression. The prints on view are distinctly contemporary, made with a wide range of traditional printmaking techniques – primarily relief, lithography, and intaglio. Thought-provoking subject matter sheds light on the daily routines, political concerns, personal philosophies, and senses of personal identity in this group of artists whose race and gender relegate them to a group often under-represented in the art world.

This exhibition and public reception have been organized as part of the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. Between January and March, 2016 more than thirty arts and cultural organizations in Minneapolis/ St. Paul and surrounding cities will join the collective roar for change. The public is invited to a celebratory reception at Highpoint on Friday, March 4 from 6:30–9pm, which will coincide with other Guerrilla Girls events and appearances. Sus Voces curator and featured artists Edith Chávez and Diana Morales Galicia will be present to discuss their work.

About the Curator – Maria Cristina Tavera's dual citizenship and bilingual/bicultural upbringing between Mexico and Minnesota has influenced her professional experience, writing, curatorial, and visual art practice. Her yearning to be with family in Mexico has evolved into a fascination with Mexican art and traditions. Her art explores combining contemporary methods with traditional practices to address issues related to gender, societal expectations, and human classifications.

Tavera holds a Masters degree in Public Affairs-Leadership in the Arts from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She has received fellowships from the Archibald Bush Foundation, Smithsonian, Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME): Promoters of Culture. Tavera has received grants from Metropolitan Arts Council and Minnesota State Arts Board, and has exhibited her artwork locally and nationally. Her work is in private and public collections including the Weisman Art Museum and the Plains Art Museum.

This exhibition has been organized as part of the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover, with generous support from the Consulado de Mexico de Saint Paul. Special thanks to Humberto Valdez, y el Taller de la Imagen del Rinoceronte (TIR). This program is funded in part by the MN Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the MN State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Related Events
Highpoint and Sus Voces Curator Maria Cristina Tavera will host a related Free Ink Day event on Saturday, March 5 from noon–4pm. Sus Voces artists Edith Chávez and Diana Morales Galicia will be present at the event to give visitors insight into their own artistic processes.

Earlier Event: January 6
Employing Print
Later Event: April 5
Five Approaches