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María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold

February 15 – June 09, 2024

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
Still from When We Gather by María Magdalena Campos-Pons
María Magdalena Campos-Pons with Okwui Okpokwasili and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs; with the participation of Dell Marie Hamilton, Jana Harper, Samita Sinha, and Lisa E. Harris. Directed by Codie Elaine Oliver. Still from When We Gather, 2021. Digital video (color, sound): 5 min., 43 sec. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco. © María Magdalena Campos-Pons. (Photo: courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris)

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).

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, De Las Dos Aguas (Of the Two Waters), 2007. Composition of twelve Polaroid Polacolor Pro photographs, framed: approx. 24 × 20 in. (61 × 50.8 cm) each; approx. 80 x 90 in. (203.2 x 228.6 cm) overall. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida; promised gift of David Horvitz and Francie Bishop Good. © María Magdalena Campos-Pons. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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.

Siddhartha Mitter in The New York Times
María Magdalena Campos-Pons, When I Am Not Here / Estoy Allá, Triptico I, 1996. Triptych of Polaroid Polacolor Pro photographs, 24 × 20 inches (61 × 50.8 cm) each. Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida. Purchase, R. H. Norton Trust, 99.92.1-3. © María Magdalena Campos-Pons. Photo courtesy of Norton Museum of Art.

National tour

María Magdalena Campos-Pons Untitled
María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Untitled, from the series Un Pedazo de Mar, 2019. Gouache, watercolor, graphite ink on paper, framed: 30 × 22 in. (76.2 × 55.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio, Milan. © María Magdalena Campos-Pons. (Photo: courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris)

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.

 

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