Museum of Latino American Art MOLAA Permanent Collection

Museum of Latino American Art MOLAA Permanent Collection















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HERland: Women Artists in the MOLAA Collection
curated by Gabriela Urtiaga, MOLAA Chief Curator

Originally, Herland is the title of a novel published in 1915 by the American feminist writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who tells the story about an utopian paradise where only women live in a sort of communitarian society.

More than a century later, in a world where the discussion about women empowering, race, class, and equity is more relevant (and necessary) than ever before, we present here our subjective version of that Herland. In this case not as an utopia but as a clear attempt to create 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 distortions, 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.

Gabriela Urtiaga, MOLAA Chief Curator



Participating Artists:

Jackelyn Barajas, Mexico
Leonara Carrington, England
Elba Damast, Venezuela
Sonia Ebling, Brazil
Susana Espinosa, Argentina
Raquel Forner, Argentina
Cristina Garza, Mexico
Yolanda González, USA
Raquel Paiewonsky, Dominican Republic
Yole Travassos, Brazil
Patssi Valdez, USA

María Bonomi, Brazil
Amalia Caputo, Venezuela
Gitte Daehlin, Norway
Natalia Iguiñiz, Peru
Marta Minujín, Argentina
Sara Modiano, Colombia
Brenda Obregón Velázquez, Mexico
Liliana Porter, Argentina
Veronica Riedel, Guatemala
Nina Surel, Argentina
Linda Vallejo, USA

Cássia Aresta, Brazil
Adriana Arenas, Colombia
Luisa Elena Betancourt, Venezuela
Fabiana Cruz, Venezuela
Ana Rosa Rivera, Puerto Rico
Ofelia Rodríguez, Colombia
Doris Salcedo, Colombia
Paloma Todd, Puerto Rico
María Villares, Brazil

Carmen Argote, Mexico
Tania Bruguera, Cuba
Leyla Cárdenas, Colombia
Marianela de la Hoz, Mexico
Daniela Edburg, USA
Ivonne Ferrer, Cuba
Miriam Medrez, Mexico
Cecilia Miguez, Uruguay
Lucia Pizzani, Venezuela
Sandra Ramos, Cuba
Claudia Rodríguez, Mexico
Carolina Sardi, Argentina
Monica Vendramini, Brazil