Border Crossing Audio Guide

Listen to the Border Crossing audio guide to learn more about the exhibition and selected works.

Enrich your experience of Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara by hearing from the artist herself. Porter Lara discusses the trip that inspired the work, as well as her philosophy of making.

download transcripts of the audio guide


Virginia Treanor, associate curator, National Museum of Women in the Arts

Curator’s Introduction

Hear the curator introduce Jami Porter Lara’s striking sculptures.
Virginia Treanor, associate curator, National Museum of Women in the Arts


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“Two-liter bottle”

Hear how the U.S.-Mexico border inspired Porter Lara’s two-liter bottle shapes.
JMS-MHB-2LBR-0913CE-03, 2013, pit-fired clay; On loan from Kenji Kondo


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“Container for ideas”

Hear Porter Lara reflect on vessels meant to hold ideas, rather than substances.
LDS-MHB-KABR-0316CE-01, 2016, pit-fired clay; On loan from the collection of Scott Allocco and Douglas Clark


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“Ritual objects”

Hear Porter Lara discuss the mystery of non-functional vessels.
LDS-MHB-DBBR-0316CE-01, 2016, pit-fired clay; On loan from Gwyn Metz


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“Rattles”

Hear Porter Lara shake a sculpture with a rattle inside.
Go On Now, 2016, pit-fired clay; courtesy Central Features Contemporary Art


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“Six necks”

Hear Porter Lara explore ideas about hybridity and mutancy.
MHB-6SBR-0916CE-01, 2016, pit-fired clay; Museum purchase: Members’ Acquisition Fund


Image of a paper covered in small drawings

Making it Manifest

Hear how Porter Lara employed visual thinking to create her artist statement.
Making it Manifest, 2014; Reproduction of original drawing


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“Piece of fruit”

Hear how Porter Lara emphasizes organic forms in some of her work.
LDS-MHB-LPBR-0416CE-01, 2016, pit-fired clay; On loan from Emilie Porter-Rand and Marc Basiliere


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“Wedding vase”

Hear about the Pueblo pottery that inspired the shape of this work.
LDS-MHB-WVBR-0416CE-08, 2016, pit-fired clay; On loan from Debra Baxter


 

National Museum of Women in the Arts