UCR ARTS receives a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

UCR ARTS has received an approved $ 50,000 Art Project Grant to support “Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures,” an upcoming exhibition showcasing the work of Los Angeles-based photographer Christina Fernandez.

This is one of 1,248 projects across the United States totaling over $ 28.8 million selected to receive this first round of FY2022 funding under the Artistic Project Grants category. The recipients were announced by the National Endowment for the Arts, or NEA, on January 11.

In his work, Fernandez often captures scenes from Mexican-American life, work, gender, migration, and identity. His photography also carries social and political connotations. The exhibition will cover more than three decades of the artist’s practice. “Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures” is curated by UCR ARTS and curated by Joanna Szupinska, Senior Curator at the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTS. It will be on display at the California Museum of Photography from September 10, 2022 to February 20. 5, 2023.

Christina Fernandez, “Lavanderia # 1”, 2002, from the Lavanderia series. Photo courtesy of the artist and Luisotti Gallery, Los Angeles.

“Christina’s work is deeply influenced by postmodernism in art and her political training in the Chicano movement,” said Szupinska, who works with curator and editorial advisor Chon Noriega, distinguished professor of film, television and digital media at UCLA. “The exhibition examines how these forces come together in his practice. This NEA award is a wonderful print for the exhibition. Christina’s work so deserves this recognition, and the award will go a long way towards the success of our exhibition and publication.

Christine Fernandez, "Self-portrait," 2019. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Christina Fernandez, “Self-portrait”, 2019. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of the first monograph devoted to the work of Fernandez. Featuring six essays by art historians and scholars in Latin Studies, as well as an in-depth interview with the artist, the book will trace the evolution of Fernandez’s work over the past three decades. This profusely illustrated volume will be co-published by the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTS and the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA in fall 2022.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support art projects like this one from UCR ARTS that help support the creative economy of the community,” said NEA Interim President Ann Eilers. “UCR ARTS is one of the nationwide arts organizations that use the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and provide access and an opportunity for people to connect and find joy in through the arts. “

“We are honored that another of our original curatorial projects is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Sheila Bergman, Director of UCR ARTS.

Joanna Szupinska (UCR)
Joanna Szupinska (UCR)

“Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures” will present several major corpora of the artist’s work, including “María’s Great Expedition” (1995-96) and “Lavanderia” (2002), as well as projects which will become more known as “Untitled Multiple Exposures ”(1999) and“ Sereno ”(2006-10). Following its presentation at the California Museum of Photography, the exhibition will travel to the Amon Carter Museum of Art in Texas; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale, Arizona; the Princeton University Art Museum in New Jersey; the San José Museum of Art in California; and the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago.

“Christina’s photography has been well known throughout her career, especially through her inclusion in major group shows such as ‘Phantom Sightings’ by LACMA and ‘Our America’ by the Smithsonian,” Szupinska said. “However, his work has not yet been the subject of a topic. of a great personal exhibition. I am honored that she has agreed to embark on the organization of this investigation together for the California Museum of Photography. ”

Find more information about UCR ARTS at ucrarts.ucr.edu.

Christine Fernandez, "American trailer," 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist and Luisotti Gallery, Los Angeles.
Christina Fernandez, “American Trailer”, 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist and Luisotti Gallery, Los Angeles.

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