Sandra C. Fernandez
Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea
July 31, 2021 - February 13, 2022
Ideas about the American West, both in the popular imagination and in commonly accepted historical narratives, are often based on a past that never was, and fail to take into account important events that actually occurred. At once, “The West” can conjure images of rugged colonial settlers, gun-toting-cowboys, or vacant expanses of natural beauty. Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea offers multiple views of “The West” through the perspectives of forty-eight modern and contemporary artists. Their artworks question old and racist clichés, examine tragic and marginalized histories, and illuminate the many communities and events that continue to form this region of the United States. The exhibition explores the specific ways artists actively shape our understanding of the life, history and myths of the American West.
Works in the show: Mojándose II (Crossing), and Cruzado (Settled in)
From the collection of The
Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics 1965 to Now. Smithsonian American Museum
November 20, 2020 — August 8, 2021
My work "Mourning and Dreaming High, con mucha fé" is featured at ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now exhibition at the Smithsonian American Museum in Washington DC. The exhibit explores the rise of Chicano graphics within early social movements and the ways in which they have advanced creating innovative printmaking practices attuned to social justice. The exhibition also is the first to consider how Chicanx mentors, print centers, and networks nurtured other artists, including several who drew inspiration from the example of Chicanx printmaking.
Work in the show: Mourning and Dreaming High: Con mucha fé.
Out of gallery