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Artist Betsabeé Romero Creates First Commissioned Works for New York Avenue Sculpture Project

Jun 20 2018

Human migration explored in group of sculptures titled “Signals of a Long Road Together”

WASHINGTONMexico City-based sculptor Betsabeé Romero (b. 1963) has been selected as the artist for the fourth iteration of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project, the only public art space featuring changing installations of contemporary works by women artists in Washington, D.C. Organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), the New York Avenue Sculpture Project is a collaboration among the museum, the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID), the DC Office of Planning and other local agencies. The Sculpture Project demonstrates the museum’s long-term commitment to the artistic beautification of New York Avenue, fostering a vibrant new identity for the neighborhood just east of the White House. New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Betsabeé Romero will be on view from Sept. 28, 2018, through Sept. 20, 2020.

“There is a great deal of traditional public sculpture in D.C., however, only a few of these monumental works are contemporary or created by women,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “The Sculpture Project helps redress this imbalance. Romero’s work demonstrates yet again women artists’ inspiring vision and technical innovation in large-scale sculpture.”

For this site-specific installation, the first commissioned expressly for the Sculpture Project and its urban environment, Romero has created four sculptures of carved and painted tires that are assembled into totemic structures and speak to the theme of human migration. Romero’s art stimulates viewers to discuss and explore issues that are in the news on a daily basis. The experience of migration in Mexico informs Romero’s art directly, but she also sees her work as emblematic of humanity’s broader impulses. “All of us are migrants between life and death. It is a migration that is inevitable and real,” stated Romero. Her sculptures also symbolize humankind’s profound connection to cultural traditions, as well as a yearning to keep families safe and thriving. Her collective title for this group of sculptures—Signals of a Long Road Together—speaks poetically to this universal condition, and the car-based imagery and themes of migration and movement resonate with the hum of activity at this busy D.C. intersection.

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