DATESSeptember 21, 2013 - November 24, 2013
RECEPTIONFriday, September 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, One Nation Underground (detail), n.d.,
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, One Nation Underground, n.d.,
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, California Poppy Sunrise, n.d.,
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, Small Flag, n.d.,
While it may seem cliché to promote one artist or another as a seminal contemporary artist whose influence far exceeds that of most successful artists, such is indeed the case with Ms. Underwood. Early in her career, she bucked the mainstream and what was considered to be traditional fine art by turning to the indigenous materials and techniques of weaving from Mexico, combining these with imagery and social commentary that still addressed the issues and concerns of a broader community. In fusing contemporary mainstream western art with the indigenous methods she employs, Underwood became a forerunner in the larger movement that was beginning to look outside of its western inheritance to recognize the influx of cultural traditions long considered to be the other. The upcoming solo exhibition at the Triton Museum of Art does more mark a new body of work by one of the most important artists of our region and beyond … it is a celebration of a significant visionary whose work represents a lifetime of challenging our notions of art, culture, and who we are. It is the highest fulfillment of mission our museum can offer to the community.