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Now Open—Julie Chen: True to Life

Posted: October 12, 2020
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
Julie Chen creates elaborate books that ask readers to do more than simply turn pages. NMWA's new exhibition presents more than a dozen captivating works from the artist's 33-year career.
A close up photograph of an artist's book. Each layer of blue paper has an organic, irregular shape cut out of the middle so the layers form a tunnel. A line of text is printed in small type on each page, receding into the tunnel like an underwater cavern.

Iturbide and Kahlo: A Conversation

Posted: May 18, 2020
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
In one intimate photograph, Graciela Iturbide responds—and pays homage—to Frida Kahlo’s cultural legacy, creating an artistic dialogue between the two women.
A black and white photograph of a worn body brace pinned on a blank concrete wall. The photograph is taken from slightly below and to the left of the brace. Similar to a corset, the brace itself is simultaneously lonely, foreboding, and empty as it hangs.

Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico: Capturing Death

Posted: May 4, 2020
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
Graciela Iturbide confronts what she calls “Mexico’s death fantasy” as it appears in the street, at festivals, and in the cemetery.
A black-and-white photograph shows the back of a woman as she crests a rocky path above a vast desert landscape beneath an expansive sky. Her traditional, ethnic full skirt, long-sleeved blouse, and long, straight, dark hair contrasts with the modern portable stereo she carries.

Graciela Iturbide and La Matanza: Ritual as Practice and Subject

Posted: April 20, 2020
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
Photography and its ritualistic qualities—observation, development, and selection—is a form of therapy for Graciela Iturbide. More than simply documenting moments in time, the practice offers her a way to process...
A black-and-white photograph shows the back of a woman as she crests a rocky path above a vast desert landscape beneath an expansive sky. Her traditional, ethnic full skirt, long-sleeved blouse, and long, straight, dark hair contrasts with the modern portable stereo she carries.

Beyond Documentation: Graciela Iturbide and the Seri

Posted: April 6, 2020
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
In 1979, with anthropologist Luis Barjau, Graciela Iturbide stayed with the Seri community for more than two months, recording their lives with her camera—particularly their forced adaptation to modern life,...
A black-and-white photograph shows the back of a woman as she crests a rocky path above a vast desert landscape beneath an expansive sky. Her traditional, ethnic full skirt, long-sleeved blouse, and long, straight, dark hair contrasts with the modern portable stereo she carries.

Portraying Gender in Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico

Posted: March 23, 2020
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
In 1979, Graciela Iturbide traveled to Juchitán, a small town in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, to photograph the Zapotec indigenous group. She immersed herself in the community during a...
A black-and-white photograph shows the back of a woman as she crests a rocky path above a vast desert landscape beneath an expansive sky. Her traditional, ethnic full skirt, long-sleeved blouse, and long, straight, dark hair contrasts with the modern portable stereo she carries.

Cultural Symbols in Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico

Posted: March 9, 2020
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
The photographs of Graciela Iturbide feature social, religious, and natural symbols that define Mexican cultural and national identities in all of their complexity.
A black-and-white photograph shows the back of a woman as she crests a rocky path above a vast desert landscape beneath an expansive sky. Her traditional, ethnic full skirt, long-sleeved blouse, and long, straight, dark hair contrasts with the modern portable stereo she carries.

Opening This Week: Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico

Posted: February 24, 2020
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico is the artist’s most extensive U.S. exhibition in more than two decades. The survey is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and comprises 140 poetic...
A black-and-white photograph shows the back of a woman as she crests a rocky path above a vast desert landscape beneath an expansive sky. Her traditional, ethnic full skirt, long-sleeved blouse, and long, straight, dark hair contrasts with the modern portable stereo she carries.
Maria Verónica San Martín's work functions as a tactile form of resistance—it critically examines power structures and the sanitization of historical atrocities.

Judy Chicago—The End: Extinction

Posted: January 15, 2020
Category: Nmwa Exhibitions
Judy Chicago, when describing her work on the “Extinction” section of The End, called the two years of intense painting “excruciating." "To be faced every day with what we are...
Painting on black glass shows a polar bear standing on a small block of ice in a choppy ocean and staring out at viewer.