HERland: Women Artists in the MOLAA Collection
February 21, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Artists: Women Artists in the MOLAA Collection
by Gabriela Urtiaga, MOLAA Chief Curator
This exhibition was intended to be on view at MOLAA during the Spring of 2020.
Upon the Museum’s reopening to the public, we will present the exhibition in the galleries.
In a world where the discussion about empowering women, race, class, and equity is more relevant and necessary than ever before, we are so pleased to present Herland, Women artists in the MOLAA Collection. An imaginary territory where female artists, with different approaches and even different ways of looking, define a new powerful land with new meanings.
This selection of women artists that we present today is part of the MOLAA Permanent Collection, and by sharing them with our public we begin a new approach to our history as an institution, in addition to broadening our perspective and delving into those works that speak of certain topics, many times invisible in the history of art, such as the creation of female artists.
Because art is knowledge and experience, at the same time we discuss our heritage, we focus on Latina and Latin American artists possessing a unique poetic style, who continued a path started at the beginning of the 20th century linked to a dreamlike and surrealist, representation, imagination, boundaries and distorsions, exploring possible worlds in connection with the female unconscious and personal ideology.
Thus we approach an infinite imaginarium of ideas and concepts, where each of these artists explores their creations, through impressive figurative and symbolic paintings, photographs, and drawings, the depths of fantasy, mystery, illusion, the dream from a clear singular view where the work functions as a matrix to be deciphered.
Hand in hand with artists such as Leonora Carrington, Raquel Forner, Jackelyn Barajas, Doris Salcedo, Patssi Valdez, Liliana Porter, Raquel Paiewonsky, Amalia Caputo, Maria Bonomi and Tania Bruguera, we assist the feminine search through art as a constant and current interpellation where questions can be glimpsed in each portrait, scene, object, strangeness, generated by the dialogue with the surreal inventory in the modern and contemporary scene.
This is our Herland, a poetic map full of beauty but also of persistence and self confidence. A journey that enables us to connect with the matrix of female creation with outstanding artists of our time.
The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) was founded in 1996 in Long Beach, California and serves the greater Los Angeles area. MOLAA is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art.