|"Mujeres" Artists (left to right): Reneé Ledesma, Claudia Alvarez, Sandra Williams, |
Linda Garcia-Perez, Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez
On Saturday, October 22nd, The Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA), in Kearney, Nebraska, held its opening reception for "MUJERES," an exhibition featuring work by five Latina artists who consider Nebraska as "home." The well-attended opening reception gave guests an opportunity to hear the artists speak about their work, to personally meet them, and ask them additional questions. This exhibition will be on display until February 12, 2017 so there is time for you to visit and enjoy these wonderful pieces.
Teliza V. Rodriguez, the Curator at MONA took a number of years to carefully conceptualize and plan the exhibit. MUJERES brings us an opportunity to learn from and celebrate Nebraska’s Latina women artists who present a “new Mestiza consciousness”— beautifully illustrating from where they came, and how they walk today on this Nebraska land.
|Installation painting by Claudia Alvarez|
|Teliza V. Rodriguez, MONA Curator, giving the opening remarks|
During the Q&A, Teliza V. Rodriguez asked the artists to discuss how they consider their work in regards to latinidad and gender. Sandra Williams noted that her latinidad is inextricable from her work, while Reneé Ledesma explained that she came to consider her identity in the creation of her clay pieces. Claudia Alvarez, who was born in Mexico, came to Nebraska much later, having worked in the art department at University of California Davis and at the Beavis Center. She says, "wherever I am, that is where my home is." Linda Garcia-Perez has been greatly influenced by her research in Mexican art.
|"Mujeres" Artists left to right: Sandra Williams, Reneé Ledesma, Linda Garcia-Perez, Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, Claudia Alvarez, and MONA Curator, Teliza V. Rodriguez|
|Q&A Artists (left to right): Linda Garcia-Perez, Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, |
Claudia Alvarez; MONA Curator, Teliza V. Rodriguez asking questions
In the catalog to "MUJERES," Teliza V. Rodriguez writes, "Those selected to take part in this exhibition are: Mexican born, New York and Omaha-Based artist, Claudia Alvarez; Colombian-born, Brooklyn and Lincoln-based artist, Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez; Mexican-American Omaha artist, Linda Garcia-Perez; Mexican-American Omaha artist, Reneé A. Ledesma; Sandra Williams who foregrounds her Peruvian ethnicity in her work. While each of the artists hails from different backgrounds and experiences . . . their work swirls around themes of family, history, society, and spirituality . . . "
Opening Reception Q&A (left to right): Sandra Williams, Reneé Ledesma,
Linda Garcia-Perez, Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, Claudia Alvarez
Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez broadened her discussion of feminism by explaining how, in her piece "Cornucopia," the flowers are magnified while the animals and individuals depicted are much smaller. Flowers are often seen as female symbols, she explained. Friedemann-Sánchez, therefore, places the "female" as having primary value in this piece. "By putting them [the flowers] in a monumental way, I also tie the feminine into a craft tradition--heroizing the art and the craft." She also explained that "Cornucopia" is a "visual novel. This piece is chapter 4, existing between two cultures: A narrative of immigration memory and subconscious as well as [revealing] what we do to nature (the abuse of the environment)."
|Artist, Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez discussing her work, "Cornucopia" (behind her)|
during the Q&A
|"Cornucopia" by Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez|
"Cornucopia" (close-up) by Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez
|"Cornucopia" (close-up) by Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez|
"Mujeres" Opening Reception: Q&A
|"Mujeres" opening reception: Q&A|
|Artist, Claudia Alvarez|
|Installation, "La Casa de Tierra" by Artist, Claudia Alvarez|
|In the foreground: "La Casa de Tierra" by Claudia Alvarez and in the background, |
"The Bear Prince: A Peruvian Folk-Tale," cut-paper works by Sandra Williams
For Linda Garcia-Perez, her paintings and paper cut-outs reflect her Mexican heritage. She says she's always baffled when people say that some of her work "doesn't look like Mexican art. Language teaches you to look at life in various ways. I am most concerned with women's voices that are today being silenced."
|Artist, Linda Garcia-Perez with her "Papel Picado" behind her|
|Linda Garcia-Perez's painting, "Cuando El Lenguaje Murio" (When Language Died)|
|Artists Claudia Alvarez and Linda Garcia-Perez|
|Artist, Linda Garcia-Perez's "Papel Picado"|
Artist, Reneé Ledesma was born in San Diego, California. She came to live in Bellevue, Nebraska when she was six years old. For many years she was fascinated with animal spirit symbols and has sought to capture them in various forms, primarily in clay.
|Artist, Reneé Ledesma, with her sculptures|
|Sculpture by Artist, Reneé Ledesma|
|Sculpture by Artist, Reneé Ledesma|
|Artist Sandra Williams with "Bear Prince: A Peruvian Folk Tale,"cut-paper works|
|"Bear Prince, A Peruvian Folk-Tale" by Sandra Williams|
|Close-up of "Bear Prince Peruvian folk-tale" print by Sandra Williams|
|Students from University of Nebraska-Kearney who assisted with the installation and opening reception|