It’s all about love. And the power of love to sustain.
María Magdalena Campos-Pons, in an interview with The New York Times on Sept. 22, 2023
María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold is a monographic exhibition of a visionary voice in photography, immersive installation, painting and performance. Spanning nearly four decades of visually engaging artworks, the exhibition explores Campos-Pons’s prescient and sensorial work—transporting viewers across geographies, mediums and spiritual practices. In her explorations of migration, diaspora and memory, Campos-Pons draws from her family story to examine the global histories of enslavement, indentured labor, motherhood and migration.
The first multimedia survey of the artist’s work since 2007, Behold highlights the artist’s dedication to creating new modes of understanding, as well as her engagement with interconnected historical and present-day challenges. These themes are examined through Campos-Pons’s performance-based practice and centering of Yoruba-derived Santería symbolism, as well as her work with communities in Boston, Cuba, Italy and Nashville (her current residence).
Campos-Pons is a nonstop artist for whom no medium — painting, assemblage, photography, video, ritual-like performance, even Murano glass — seems beyond reach. Her work has been featured in biennials on five continents. She has founded art spaces in the cities where she teaches. Fiercely loyal colleagues and ex-students participate in her performances and field her predawn phone calls sharing urgent ideas.
The exhibition opened at the Brooklyn Museum and begins a national tour that includes the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee; and the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, California.
Organization and Support
María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The exhibition is curated by Carmen Hermo, Associate Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Mazie Harris, Assistant Curator, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, with Jenée-Daria Strand, former Curatorial Associate, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.
At the Nasher Museum, this exhibition is made possible by the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions; the J. Horst and Ruth Mary Meyer Fund; the Prakash and Anjali Melwani Fund; the Derek and Christen Wilson Fund for the Nasher Museum of Art; the Frank Edward Hanscom Endowment; and the Marilyn M. Arthur Fund.