Mapping the Americas: Socio-political effect of spatial representation in cartography

NOVEMBER 19, 2020 Phoenix Art Museum

On November 19, 2020, curator and art historian Marissa Del Toro and Matthew Toro, director of maps, imagery, and geospatial services at ASU Library, discussed the socio-political effects of spatial representation in cartography and the artwork of Teresita Fernández, on view at #PhxArt​ through January 3 at PhxArt Museum.


Marissa Del Toro is an independent curator and art historian of contemporary, modern, and ancient art of the Americas (primarily Latin America and the US). Del Toro has worked at the Phoenix Art Museum (2018-2020); the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (2017-2018); the Getty Research Institute (2016-2017); the UTSA Art Gallery (2015-2016); and participated in the 2015 Latino Museum Studies Program at the Smithsonian Latino Center. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with her MA in Art History and received her BA in Art History from the University of California, Riverside.


Matthew Toro is a geographer serving as the director of maps, imagery, and geospatial services at ASU Library. While his research projects are diverse they always rely on cartography to communicate geographic information. For Toro, the power of maps lies not strictly in their beauty, or the stories they can tell, but in their ability to influence our perceived and imagined geographic realities.