María Baca, Ryan Bonilla, Maria de Los Angeles, Miguel Gandert, Xandra Ibarra, A. Gabriel Meléndez, Sylvia Montero, Delilah M. Montoya, Tony Ortega
As the title suggests — Pertenecer is Spanish for “to belong” — this exhibition presents artworks by nine artists who explore the possibilities and meanings of belonging. The diverse experiences of belonging are interpreted by these artists in vastly different ways through drawing, painting, printmaking, video, sculpture, and photography. Central to this exhibition are important works from the museum’s permanent collection, a portfolio of prints about long-standing Hispanic communities in New Mexico and a mural sized painting by Denver artist Tony Ortega depicting a street scene from the city’s North end. These artworks depict the artists’ experiences of belonging to places that are shaped by Hispanic communities that have lived in the areas for centuries and decades. Other artists explore what it means to immigrate to a place; expressing both the hope that a new home presents and the courage that it takes to make the journey across borders.
Top image: Tony Ortega, A la Frontera de Aztlán (detail), 1995, Printed by: José Alpuche, Screen print
Image at left: Delilah Montoya, Contemporary Casta Portraiture: Nuestra “Calidad”, Casta 7 (detail), 2017, infused dyes on aluminum