Maria Cristina Tavera – Un-Typing Casta
Exhibition exploring contemporary Latinx identity by Minneapolis Mexican-American artist, curated by Dr. Jamie Ratliff, Assistant Professor of Art History, UMD
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Exhibition dates: November 8, 2016 – January 29, 2017
Tweed Museum of Art, 1201 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812
The Tweed Museum of Art (TMA) at the University of Minnesota Duluth is proud to present Un-Typing Casta, an exhibition exploring contemporary Latinx identity by Mexican-American Minneapolis artist, curator, and activist Maria Cristina Tavera, with the collaboration of Dr. Jamie Ratliff as Curator, and Assistant Professor of Art History at the School of Fine Arts, UMD.
Often influenced by her transnational upbringing split between Minnesota and Mexico, Maria Cristina Tavera’s overall work focuses on society’s underlying expectations related to race, gender, ethnicity, and culture. Visitors to the exhibition will encounter a series of complex and visually captivating prints and mixed media featuring Latin American legends and popular culture icons that question the societal constructs that racially categorize people of Latin American descent.
In the exhibition Un-Typing Casta, Tavera deconstructs the notion of “casta,” a term coined by the Spanish in the 17th and early 18th centuries, referring to the categorization of mixed ethno-racial heritage occurring during colonization when whites (Spanish/Españoles) began marrying and having children with non-whites (Indigenous and African ancestries) in the “New World.” The casta paintings and charts produced during this time demonstrate the intensity of ruling class anxiety and racism as they faced an increasingly diverse future.