Altar’d Continuum: Resistance and Empowerment in Sacred Spaces

Exhibition, September 12, 2019 – February 3, 2020 at Museo de las Americas

in collaboration with Danielle Cunningham. This exhibition emphasizes the altar as both a physical and non-physical space for personalized ritual exchange between humans and the divine. By pairing contemporary artists alongside religious ofrendas, retablos, and other iconography from the museum’s collections, the exhibition illustrates the altar’s inherent transcendence of time and space. These new altars reject any singular context, operating as platforms of resistance through which altar-makers reinterpret traditional practices and reclaim power from mainstream institutions.

Artists: Ester Hernandez, Judy Miranda and Jude Sanchez, Louis Trujillo, Eileen Roscina Richardson, Grace Gutierrez, Alma Trevizo, Rose B. Simpson, Sierra Montoya Barela, Jolene Yazzie, Yreina Cervantez, and Ana Mendieta.

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