“Metzilocan” is an installation-based solo exhibition by artist Claudia Peña Salinas, who lives and works in New York City. The exhibition expands the artist's research on the Aztec deities of water, Tláloc and Chalchiuhtlicue, relating this ancestral symbolism and knowledge to modernist and contemporary structures. Through travel, documentation and collection, Salinas generates a poetic narrative that is both personal and political. The works presented in this exhibition address topics ranging from the proliferation of images, the myth and the construction of national identity, to gender issues and the current water crisis in Mexico City. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2018); Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (2018); Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (2015); Queens Museum of Art (2012); Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (2006); and El Museo del Barrio (2005) in New York.
“Metzilocan” will include new work by Salinas produced while in residence at the ASU Art Museum International Residency Program and ASU Teotihuacan Research Laboratory, with an extension of the exhibition showing at the ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change Innovation Gallery.
This exhibition is supported by Galeria Curro and Embajada, as well as the Windgate Charitable Foundation as part of the Windgate Contemporary Craft Initiative at ASU Art Museum. Visit the museum website for directions and hours and information about bringing classes to tour exhibitions or meet with curators.
Image credit: Claudia Peña Salinas, “Cueyatl,” 2017, Brass, dyed cotton, concrete frog, 24 1/2 x 24 x 61 inches, Collection of Ignacio Lopez & Laura Guerra, Photo by Adam Reich, Courtesy of the artist and Embajada, San Juan.