Frances Gallardo in the collective exhibition at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

Frances Gallardo: Carmela, 2022, from Hurricane Series, 2012-2022. 
Hand-cut 4-layer paper collage, 24 x 36 in. Image credit: Andrew Gillis.

The inclusion of Latina/x voices and perspectives at the artistic and curatorial levels invites different ways of disrupting and reframing (historically white male) art narratives and spaces. Beyond the Margins, An Exploration of Latina Art and Identity centers the work, voice, and identities of historically underrepresented and structurally marginalized groups. The exhibition will include the work of four U.S. Latina/x artists whose work challenges pre-conceptions of Latinx art by instead presenting a more nuanced and complex self-representation of Latinx art and identity. The show explores concepts like the distinctions between art and craft, high and low art, materiality, and social expectations of Latina/x peoples and femininity. The exhibition will be accompanied by a public program.

[L] Saso, 2021, and [R] Yaissa Jimenes, 2022, from the Afro-Sagrada Familia series. Analog Photography digitally printed on fabric, ribbon, cowrie shells, and beads, 26 x 36 inches each. Images courtesy of the artist.

Featured Artists

Frances Gallardo; Tamara Kostianovsky; Nancy Rivera and Yelaine Rodriguez.

Curated by María del Mar González-González, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of global modern and contemporary art history at Weber State University. She specializes in contemporary Latin American and Latinx visual art and culture with a focus on the intersection of art and politics.

Her research and teaching interests extend to socially engaged practices, decolonization, art biennials, the history of collecting and museums, and reprographic arts. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the University of Utah, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and Tinker Foundation.

The exhibition is on view from January 20 through March 4, 2023 at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 South West Temple Salt Lake City, UT, USA 84101