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Teresita Fernández: Elemental

October 18, 2019 – February 9, 2020 at Pérez Art Museum Miami

March 21 – July 26, 2020 at Phoenix Art Museum

"Teresita Fernández:Elemental is the first mid-career retrospective of internationally acclaimed American artist Teresita Fernández (b. 1968, Miami; lives in New York). Fernández is a conceptual artist best known for her immersive installations and sculptures and her monumental public art commissions. Her conceptually-based work is rooted in challenging conventional definitions of landscape by deconstructing traditional genres of landscape painting and Land art to reveal more urgent narratives. Fernández places particular importance on her critical choice of materials, such as gold, graphite, charcoal, and other minerals that have complex histories often tied to colonialism, land, and power."

For this exhibition, I was the curatorial fellow and project manager that oversaw the publication of the catalog, exhibition development and installation at Phoenix Art Museum before it was unfortunately put on pause due to COVID-19. I collaborated and closely worked with Teresita Fernández, her team, and multiple museum professionals and departments from both institutions to make this project a successful reality. It was a wonderful experience that I'm very proud to have contributed too.

Co-organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami and Phoenix Art Museum; co-curated by Amada Cruz, the Sybil Harrington Director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum; Franklin Sirmans, the Director of Pérez Art Museum Miami; and María Elena Ortiz, Associate Curator of Pérez Art Museum Miami.


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