In connection to Pérez Art Museum Miami's large-scale exhibition Teresita Fernández: Elemental, writer and arts organizer Barbara Calderón and PAMM Associate Curator María Elena Ortiz will discuss Fernández’s role in the development of Latinx art. Calderón and Ortiz will work through how Fernández and other prominent Latinx artists have helped to build the framework for Latinx collections in years to come.
Barbara Calderón is a writer, artist, curator, art librarian, and founding member of the arts collective Colectiva Cósmica. Her work is guided by a background in journalism, Xicana studies, and art history, and aims to augment Latinx art and its historical perseverance. She has written for artnet, Art21, and Cultured Magazine highlighting emerging Latinx artists and contextualizing their practice. She also recently curated el zine, an exhibit on zines and independent publishing at NYU. In June the NYTimes spotlit her as one of seven Latinx artists of note. Most recently she has done consulting work for the Latinx Project at NYU and Brooklyn Museum for the Frida: Appearances Can be Deceiving and Radical Women: Latin American Art 1960 - 1985 shows.
María Elena Ortiz is associate curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, where she has curated the exhibitions william cordova: now’s the time, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors, Ulla von Brandenburg: It Has a Golden Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon, Firelei Báez: Bloodlines, and Carlos Motta: Histories for the Future, among others. Many of her exhibitions have traveled to prestigious institutions, including the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; El Museo de Barrio, New York; and the DePaul Art Museum, Chicago. Ortiz has also developed significant public programs, such as At the Crossroads: Critical Film and Video from the Caribbean and Latinx Art Sessions, along with other symposia related to exhibitions. Formerly, Ortiz was curator of contemporary arts at the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros in Mexico City. She has contributed to writing platforms such as the Davidoff Art Initiative, Fluent Collaborative, Curating Now, and Terremoto. In 2014 she was awarded the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Independent Curators International (ICI) Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean, and she received the Emerging Curator Award from the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California, in 2012.