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NMWA Presents Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara, Feb. 17–May 14, 2017

Nov 29 2016

First East Coast exhibition featuring Jami Porter Lara’s plastic-bottle inspired work

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) presents the exhibition Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara, on view Feb. 17–May 14, 2017. This will be the first time that work by Albuquerque-based artist Jami Porter Lara (b. 1969) will be shown on the East Coast of the United States. Porter Lara uses a millennia-old process to make pottery resembling a ubiquitous icon of modern life—the plastic bottle. Border Crossing features 25 sculptures, of which three have never been exhibited.

Porter Lara’s art blurs the line between what we see as natural and manufactured, illuminating the bottle as a precious object—a vessel that carries life-sustaining water. Through this lens, she exposes the porous nature of many types of “borders,” including the permeable boundary between art and rubbish. Her sculptures are visually dramatic, in part because they play against common ideas about industrialization and the creative history of the Southwest.

“We are thrilled to be the first East Coast venue to present the work of Jami Porter Lara,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “Part of our institution’s mission is to discover intriguing new and emerging artists. We’re excited to introduce Jami’s visually arresting and emotionally potent re-thinking of Southwest pottery to a larger audience.”

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