Maria Cristina Tavera
Maria Cristina Tavera (“Tina”) is a Latinx artist, independent curator, and activist influenced by her transnational upbringing between Minnesota and Mexico. As an artist she creates complex compositions of images appropriated from both historical and contemporary art to investigate how cultural icons express identities and construct shared communities. The visual imagery includes Latin American legends, commercial packaging, and the media, politics, comics, historical documents such as maps and currency, graffiti and games. Her visual bilingual vocabulary is created by layering together clever plays on meaning. Tavera’s art is often humorous and yet simultaneously confront the dark legacy and pervasive effects of colonialism and racism in the Americas. Her images pose critical questions to the viewer about constructions of race, ethnicity, gender, and national and cultural identities.
Tavera has a Masters in Public Affairs- Leadership in the Arts from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School. She has received fellowships and grants from the Archibald Bush Foundation, the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies program, the Museum of Modern Art-New York, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), and the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME). Tavera has exhibited nationally and her works can be found in the collections of the Weisman Art Museum, Fargo Plaines Museum, and the Tweed Museum of Art. Her writings have been published nationally and internationally by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, as well as a book titled, Mexican Pulp Art.
MARIA CRISTINA TAVERA
SELECTION OF EXHIBITIONS
Commissioned 6 woodblock prints, public art, Hagfors Center, Augsburg University, Minneapolis, January
Solace, Installation, Minnesota History Center, October - November
Art Is My Weapon, Gamut Gallery, prints, October
Solo: Tell and Retell/ Contar y Recontar, Electric Machete, Saint Paul, April 9-30
WARHOL: Minnesota Goes Pop, Rochester Center Arts, Rochester, February 4 - May 15
Latino Art Migration, Concordia Art Center, Concordia University, St. Paul, February 2-24
Selected Works, Public Functionary, Minneapolis, December 1-30, 2016
Solo: Un-Typing Casta, Installation, Tweed Museum, Duluth, November 2016-January 2017
Two-Person exhibition, The House on Mango Street, Park Square Theatre, Oct 11 – Nov 4
Art of Darkness: Inspired by the Paranormal, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Mpls, July-August
Solo: Reconfiguring Casta, Installation, Christiansen Gallery, Augsburg College, February-March
Fabulista, 15th year celebration, Drawings, Grupo Soap del Corazon, California Building, December
Spirit Room Winter Carnival, Paintings, Spirit Room Galleries, Fargo, North Dakota, February
Solo: Americo: Celebrating the Spirits, Installation, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, November
Solo: Urban Legends, Woodblock & linoleum prints, Fox Egg Gallery, Minneapolis, July
The Enduring Spirit of Labor, Print, Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art, U of MN, April-May
2014 Deviant Art: Dispelling Myths, Prints, Northrup King Building, Gallery 332, Mpls, April
Prints on Ice 2013, Print, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Mpls, December 2013 – January
Print Exhibition Curated by Ruthann Godollei, 801 Gallery, Minneapolis, 6 prints, February-May
Sixth Annual North of the 45th Parallel Juried Exhibition, Steamroller print, DEVO Gallery, The School of Art and Design, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan, June-August
Maximino Ofrenda, Day of the Dead installation, El Colegio Charter School, October
Chavela Vargas Ofrenda, Day of the Dead installation, Midtown Global Market, October
Curb Culture, 1 of 20 Powderhorn and Central sandwich boards, Pillsbury House, Minneapolis, July
This Time Its Forever: Portrait Interpretations of the Icon Scott Seekins, Gallery 13, Minneapolis, embroidered hair, February
El Milagro, Grupo Soap del Corazon, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, La Virgen installation, August
Soap 99, Soap Factory, Minneapolis, painting, September
Mexico 1810/ 1910/ 2010, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, leather tooling, May
Boxing Ring Ofrenda, Plaines Art Museum, Fargo, Day of the Dead installation, November
Day of the Dead, Plaines Art Museum, Fargo, steamroller prints, November
Two Person exhibit: El Circo: Xavier and Maria Cristina Tavera, California Gallery, Minneapolis, 17 paintings
Nuestra Frida, Grupo Soap del Corazon, Casket Building, Minneapolis, embroidered hair, 2007
Day of the Dead, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL, steamroller print, 2007
Muertos en Acción on Lake Street, Panaderia El Rey, Minneapolis, paper cutting, 2007
Tweed Art Museum, 8 screen prints, Purchased 2017
Plaines Museum, Fargo, Steamroller prints, Purchased 2009
Weisman Art Museum, 8’ X 4’ Steamroller Print, Purchased 2007
Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship. Minneapolis, MN. 2005-2007. Competitive mid-career preparation program for greater leadership responsibilities and enhanced contributions to their communities.
Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP). Washington, DC. June-July 2006. Selected nationally to participate as a scholar on the interpretation and representation of Latino cultures in art centers, galleries and museums.
AWARDS / GRANTS
2017 Hagfors Commission, ($6,000), Hagfors Center for Science, Business and Religion, Minneapolis, MN.
2016 Artist Initiative Grant, ($10,000), Minneapolis, MN. Funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board to professional artists in any discipline for artistic achievement and project development.
2014 Next Step grant, ($5,000), Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), Minneapolis, MN. Funded by McKnight Foundation for professional artists’ career development and artistic achievement.
91º Jornada Informativa del IME: Promotores Culturales, Funded by Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CONACULTA) to strengthen the promotion and diffusion of Mexican arts and culture in the United States. Selected nationally, March 14 -17, 2012
Top 30 Latino Leaders in Minnesota Oral History Project, Minnesota Historical Society, January 2011
Cultural Community Partnership grant, Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist recipient, February 2007
The Feminist Future: Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts Symposium, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, Scholarship recipient, January 2007
Frida Kahlo essay, "Allgemeines Künsterlexikon"(AKL), ed. by Bénédicte Savoy, Andreas Beyer and Wolf Tegethoff, DE GRUYTER, Mies-van-der-Rohe-Straße 1, 80807 München, Germany, April 2013.
“The Future Belongs to Those Who Draw from the Past,” Essay on Mexican Print Artists in the MIA collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2012. (http://www.artsmia.org/index.php?section_id=16)
Frida Kahlo, Bibliography and Exhibition History, Exhibition catalog, October 2007.
Mexican Pulp Art, Feral House Publishing, Los Angeles, CA, 2007.
“Borders, Boundaries, Margins, Confines & Limits,” Colors, Article, Volume 6, Issue 3, 1997.
Utopian World Making: Art, Social Justice & Communities of Color Symposium, Quarter Gallery, University of Minnesota, April 2017
“Paradigms & Priorities - What does the field need?” Hand and Glove National Art Conference, September 2015
“HOTLINE by Kelsey Snook,” Part of Winter Wonderland, Walker Art Center, phone bank answering art questions, February 2015
“Feminism and the Artistic Practice,” Minneapolis College of Art & Design, March 2014
“Plaza Centenario & the importance of Emiliano Zapata,” Minneapolis, September 2013 & 2015
“Mexican Culture Impacting Community Engagement,” Rochester Art Center, August 2012
“Estudios Familiares”, co-facilitator, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, October 20- October 21, 2012.
“Design to Build Participation: Latino Art in Minnesota,” Carleton College Art Gallery, January 2010. In coordination with the exhibit Latin American Posters: Public Aesthetics and Mass Politics.
“WAM Chatter: a pecha kucha-style event, What's Love Got to Do with It?” Panelist, Weisman Art Museum, November 2009. A talk related to exhibition To Have It About You: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection.
“The Exploratory Nature of Rufino Tamayo and the Fruits of His Labor,” Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, July 2009. In coordination with the exhibit, The Graphic Art of Maestro Rufino Tamayo / Obra Gráfica del Maestro Rufino Tamayo exhibit.
“Past, Present and Future: Revolutionary Mexican Art,” Association of University Women (AUW), May 2009.
"Defying categorization: an examination of the trajectories of Latin American and Latino Art", Paper Presentation, 55th Annual Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS), Tampa, Florida. April 17-19, 2008.
“Involving Immigrants in Community Organizations,” Presenter, Center for Urban & Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. February 2008.
“Devotion and Dollars: Is Frida for Sale?” Panelist, Salon Artisimo, Casket Arts Building, Minneapolis, December 2007.
“Arts as a Solution: Decreasing Cultural Alienation and Expanding Communities’ Creative Visions”, Keynote Speaker, Minnesota Council on Foundations, February 2007.
RELATED CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE
Sus Voces: Women Printmakers in Mexico, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, February-March 2016
Cocurator, American Art: Its Complicated, Minnesota Museum of American Art, November 2015
Exhibition Coordinator, 2010 Mid America Print Conference (MAPC), U of M-Twin Cities, 2010
Cultural Events Coordinator, Mexico 2010: Bicentennial of the Mexican Independence and Centennial of the Mexican Revolution
Co-Curator, TRIUMPH a monumental woodcut & REVOLUTION linocuts of the Mexican revolution: Artemio Rodriguez, Macalester College, 2010
Curatorial Panelist, Minnesota Artist Exhibition Panel (MAEP), Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2005-2007
WALKER ART CENTER, Frida Kahlo Researcher, September 2006- October 2007Responsible for bibliography and exhibition history publication.
Curatorial Panelist, Weisman Day of the Dead Ofrenda, 2005
Panelist, Minnesota State Arts Board, 1998
MIRA GALLERY, Instituto de Cultura y Educación, Artistic Director and Founder, funded by the McKnight Foundation, 2003-2005
Curated and organized 10 exhibitions in two years. Organized MiraMEX, a Latino film festival with emerging artists from Los Angeles & Minneapolis. Formulated mission statement, goals, database and work plan.
Responsible for grant writing, fundraising, publicity, press releases, lighting, and documentation.
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