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La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border

Exhibition  /  01 Mar 2018  -  23 Sep 2018
Published: 09.04.2018
La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border.
MAD Museum of Art and Design NYC
Curator:
Mike Holmes, Lorena Lazard
Martha Vargas. Choker: Sueño y Realidad, 2012. Sterling silver.. 24 x 15 x 1.5 cm. Martha Vargas
Choker: Sueño y Realidad, 2012
Sterling silver.
24 x 15 x 1.5 cm
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Intro
Borders separate but also unite.
/ Octavio Paz, Mexican poet and diplomat.

Artist list

Mayte Amezcua, Iacov Azubel, Fernanda Barba, Kristin Beeler, Aline Berdichevsky, Jesse Bert, Elvira Bessudo, Raquel Bessudo, Sandra Bostock, Kathleen Browne, Gabriela Campo, Jorge Castañón, Cristina Celis, Thea Clark, Alberto Dávila, Nicolas Estrada, Sol Flores, Andres Fonseca, Eduardo Graue, Pierce Healy, Thomas Hill, Kevin Hughes, Mary Frisbee Johnson, Kate Cornnell & Oscar Melara, Alejandra Korek, Lorena Lazard, Jorge Manilla, Judy McCaig, Nancy Moyer & Mark Clark, Mabel Peña, Chiara Pignotti, Ramon Puig Cuyàs, Kerianne Quick, Poleta Rodete, Jacqueline Roffe, Elizabeth Rustrian, Alejandra Solar, Maria Solórzano, Martacarmela Sotelo, Olga Starostina, Boline Strand, Rachelle Thiewes, Demi Thomloudis, Julia Turner, Martha Vargas, Jette Zirpins
Nearly two thousand miles long, the US-Mexico border (la frontera) is the most frequently crossed international border in the world.  Although predominantly depicted in the American media as a hub of drug trafficking and violence, the border - porous in nature - is also a place that allows for the exchange of ideas, wealth, and culture.
Recently at the forefront of political and cultural conversation following the current US President’s anti-immigration discourse and executive orders, the border has been characterized by contradictions since the nineteenth century, when the US annexed an important portion of Mexican territory. For Mexicans, Central Americans, and the United States citizens living alongside it, the border presents daily challenges that carry within them both hope and devastation. It is a complex physical, economic, cultural, social, and emotional landscape of human interaction.

The exhibition La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border seeks to explore this space and what it represents. Jewelry artists from Mexico, the United States, Latin America, and Europe expose the underlying currents of the border environment within geographic, political, economic, social, cultural, and ideological contexts. The artists transform metal, fiber, wood, and other materials into representations of their experiences, their influences, their dreams, and their nightmares.

La Frontera was originally organized and curated by Lorena Lazard and Velvet da Vinci Gallery. It premiered at the Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico City in 2013. It then traveled to Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, California; the Art Gallery at Indiana University Kokomo, Kokomo, Indiana; and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas.

La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border is co-curated by Mike Holmes and Lorena Lazard with the assistance of MAD’s Assistant Curator, Barbara Paris Gifford, and Assistant Manager of Curatorial Affairs, Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy.

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Kristin Beeler. Rosary: descanso 2, highway 86, 2017. Iron fence wire, nylon cord, digital print on aluminum.. 28 x 41 cm. Kristin Beeler
Rosary: descanso 2, highway 86, 2017
Iron fence wire, nylon cord, digital print on aluminum.
28 x 41 cm
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Aline Berdichevsky. Hand Piece: Lightvessels 2, 2013. Slip cast porcelain, Limoges porcelain, sterling silver, silk.. 4.8 x 4.5 x 7 cm. Aline Berdichevsky
Hand Piece: Lightvessels 2, 2013
Slip cast porcelain, Limoges porcelain, sterling silver, silk.
4.8 x 4.5 x 7 cm
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Demitra Thomloudis. Brooch: Reconstructed: Framed, 2012. Cement, sterling silver, resin, steel, pigment, thread, duck tape, powdercoat, wood, nickel silver.. 8.9 x 6.4 x 4.4 cm. Photo by: Seth Papac. Demitra Thomloudis
Brooch: Reconstructed: Framed, 2012
Cement, sterling silver, resin, steel, pigment, thread, duck tape, powdercoat, wood, nickel silver.
8.9 x 6.4 x 4.4 cm
Photo by: Seth Papac
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Julia Turner. Brooch: Three Days Walking, 2013. Steel pins, vitreous enamel, steel, wood.. 5 x 5 x 0.7 cm. Julia Turner
Brooch: Three Days Walking, 2013
Steel pins, vitreous enamel, steel, wood.
5 x 5 x 0.7 cm
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Cristina Celis. Neckpiece: Untitled, 2013. Modeled high-temperature porcelain, 24k gold leaf, silver.. 3.2 x 5.1 cm. Photo by: Fransisco Velázquez. Cristina Celis
Neckpiece: Untitled, 2013
Modeled high-temperature porcelain, 24k gold leaf, silver.
3.2 x 5.1 cm
Photo by: Fransisco Velázquez
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Raquel Bessudo. Necklace: La Bestia, 2013. Canvas, polyester thread.. 1.8 x 24 x 0.1 cm. Photo by: Bertha Herrera. Raquel Bessudo
Necklace: La Bestia, 2013
Canvas, polyester thread.
1.8 x 24 x 0.1 cm
Photo by: Bertha Herrera
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