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La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border

Julia Turner, Three Days Walking (Mourning Brooch), Brooch, 2013 Steel pins, enamel, steel, wood, 5 x 5 x 0.7 cm

About the Exhibition

La Frontera:
Encounters Along the Border
March 1, 2018 to September 23, 2018
Museum of Art and Design New York

“Borders separate but also unite.” – Octavio Paz, Mexican poet and diplomat

Nearly two thousand miles long, the US-Mexico border (the border) is the most frequently crossed international border in the world. Although predominantly depicted in the American media as a hub of drug trafficking and violence, the border-porous in nature-is also a place that allows for the exchange of ideas, wealth, and culture.

Recently at the forefront of political and cultural conversation following the current US President’s anti-immigration discourse and executive orders, the border has been characterized by contradictions since the nineteenth century, when the US annexed an important portion of Mexican territory. For Mexicans, Central Americans, and the United States citizens living alongside it, the border presents daily challenges that carry within them both hope and devastation. It is a complex physical, economic, cultural, social, and emotional landscape of human interaction.

The exhibition La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border seeks to explore this space and what it represents. Jewelry artists from Mexico, the United States, Latin America, and Europe expose the underlying currents of the border environment within geographic, political, economic, social, cultural, and ideological contexts. The artists transform metal, fiber, wood, and other materials into representations of their experiences, their influences, their dreams, and their nightmares.

La Frontera was originally organized and curated by Lorena Lazard and Velvet da Vinci Gallery. It premiered at the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City in 2013. It then traveled to Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, California; the Art Gallery at Indiana University Kokomo, Kokomo, Indiana; and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas.

La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border is co-curated by Mike Holmes and Lorena Lazard with the assistance of MAD’s Assistant Curator, Barbara Paris Gifford, and Assistant Manager of Curatorial Affairs, Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy.

Major funding for La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border is provided by Barbara Waldman. Additional support is generously provided by the Rotasa Fund.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Sobre La Exposición

“Las fronteras separan, pero también unen.” —Octavio Paz, poeta y diplomático mexicano

Con casi 2,000 millas de extensión, la frontera es el cruce internacional más transitado en el mundo. Aunque con una reputación infame en los medios debido al tráfico de drogas y la violencia, esta frontera –porosa por naturaleza– es también un espacio que permite el intercambio de ideas, riqueza y cultura.

En la actualidad el tema de la frontera ha aparecido en medios políticos y culturales debido al discurso anti-inmigratorio y ordenes ejecutivas del actual Presidente estadounidense, sin embargo, desde el siglo XIX cuando Estados Unidos anexó una importante porción del territorio mexicano este ha sido un espacio lleno de contradicciones. Para los ciudadanos mexicanos, centro-americanos y estadounidenses que viven a lo largo de la frontera esta es una parte significativa de la vida. Ella presenta retos diarios que a su vez son esperanzadores y devastadores. Es un complejo panorama de interacción humana, desde el punto de vista físico, cultural, económico, social y emocional.

La exposición La Frontera: Encuentros a lo largo de ésta, busca explorar este espacio y lo que representa. Artistas de joyería contemporánea de México, Estados Unidos, América Latina y Europa exponen las corrientes subyacentes del entorno fronterizo desde los contextos geográfico, político, social, cultural e ideológico. Cada artista transforma el metal, la fibra, la madera y otros materiales representando sus propias experiencias, influencias, sueños y pesadillas.

La Frontera fue organizada y curada originalmente por Lorena Lazard y la Galería Velvet da Vinci. Comenzó en el Museo Franz Mayer en la Ciudad de México en 2013. Viajó después a la Galeria Velvet da Vinci de San Francisco, California; la Galería de Arte en la Universidad Kokomo, Kokomo Indiana; y al Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Houston Texas.

La Frontera: Encuentros a lo largo de ésta, es co-curada por Mike Holmes y Lorena Lazard con la asistencia de la Curadora Asistente del MAD, Barbara Paris Gifford, y la Gerente Asistente de Asuntos Curatoriales del MAD, Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy.

Los fondos principales para La Frontera: Encuentros a lo largo de éstason proporcionados por Barbara Waldman. Apoyo adicional fue proporcionadó generosamente por Rotasa Fund.

Esta exposición es apoyada, en parte, por fondos públicos del Departamento de Asuntos Culturales de la Ciudad de Nueva York en asociación con el Consejo Municipal.

Martha Vargas, Mexico, Dream and Reality, Choker, 2012, Sterling silver, 24 x 15 x 1.5 cm, Photo: tempusdesign.com.mx

Martha Vargas, Mexico, Dream and Reality, Choker, 2012, Sterling silver, 24 x 15 x 1.5 cm, Photo: tempusdesign.com.mx

Demitra Thomloudis, United States, Reconstructed: Framed, Brooch, 2012, Cement, sterling silver, resin, steel, pigment, thread, duct tape, 8.9 x 6.4 x 4.4 cm, Photo: Seth Papac

Demitra Thomloudis, United States, Reconstructed: Framed, Brooch, 2012, Cement, sterling silver, resin, steel, pigment, thread, duct tape, 8.9 x 6.4 x 4.4 cm, Photo: Seth Papac

Judy McCaig, Scotland / Spain, No-Man's Land, Brooch, 2013, Steel, silver, tombac, perspex, paint, Herkimer diamond, tare, 8.8 x 12.6 x 1.5 cm, Photo: Eduard Bonnin

Judy McCaig, Scotland/Spain, No-Man’s Land, Brooch, 2013, Steel, silver, tombac, perspex, paint, Herkimer diamond, tare, 8.8 x 12.6 x 1.5 cm, Photo: Eduard Bonnin

Installation View, Museum of Arts and Design, New York City

Installation View, Museum of Arts and Design, New York City

Cristina Celis, Mexico, Fingerprint, Neckpieces, 2013, Modeled porcelain, 24k gold leaf, silver, 3.2 x 5.1 cm with different length chains, Photo: Francisco Velázquez

Cristina Celis, Mexico, Dactilar, Neckpieces, 2013, Modeled porcelain, 24k gold leaf, silver, 3.2 x 5.1 cm with different length chains, Photo: Francisco Velázquez

"U.S.-Mexico border at Nogales" Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde.

“U.S.-Mexico border at Nogales” Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde.

Kevin Hughes, United States, Necklace, 2013, Plastic from water jug, duct tape, silver, 10.1 x 15.2 x 4.4 cm, Photo: the artist

Kevin Hughes, United States, Untitled necklace, 2013, Plastic from water jug, duct tape, silver, 10.1 x 15.2 x 4.4 cm

Aline Berdichevsky, Mexico l Spain, Lightvessels 2, Hand jewel, 2013, Slip cast porcelain, Limoges porcelain, sterling silver, silk, 4.8 x 4.5 x 7 cm, Photo: the artist

Aline Berdichevsky, Mexico/Spain, Lightvessels 2, Hand jewel, 2013, Slip cast porcelain, Limoges porcelain, sterling silver, silk, 4.8 x 4.5 x 7 cm

Iacov Azubel, ¿Hacia Abajo es Peor?, 2013, Aluminium, digital image, 8 x 8 x 4. Photo by the artist.

Iacov Azubel, ¿Hacia Abajo es Peor?, Bracelet, 2013, Aluminium, digital image, 8 x 8 x 4 cm

Boline Strand, We Are All Immigrants, (brooch/necklace), 2018 Sterling silver, 22-karat gold, rubies

Boline Strand, We Are All Immigrants, Brooch/Necklace, 2018, Sterling silver, 22-karat gold, rubies, 6 cm diameter x 3 cm

Jesse Bert, United States/Mexico

Jesse Bert, United States/Mexico, Tom & Jerry, Brooch, 2017, Mesquite, yucca, ceramic, copper, silver, enamel, bronze, amber, paint, orange wood, bamboo, found materials, 35 x 18 x 2 1/2 cm

Installation view

Installation view

Lorena Lazard, Mexico, Tierra I and II, (pendants), 2013, Iron, polymer mud, string, earth from Tijuana, Mexcio, earth from San Ysidro, USA

Lorena Lazard, Mexico, Tierra I and II, Pendants, 2013, Iron, polymer clay, plastic wrap, thread, enamel, soil from Mexico, soil from the USA, 6 x 4 x 3 1/2 cm

Fernanda Barba Soto, Mexico, Migrante No Identificado, (body jewelry), 2012, Stainless steel, acrylic

Fernanda Barba Soto, Mexico, Migrante No Identificado, Body Jewelry, 2012, Stainless steel, acrylic, measurements variable

Alejandra Solar, Mexico/Luxemborg, Murmullos 2, (brooch), 2102, Onyx, quartz, gold leaf, photo transfer, silver

Alejandra Solar, Mexico/Luxemborg, Murmullos 2, Brooch, 2102, Onyx, quartz, gold leaf, photo transfer, silver, 6 x 8 x 1 cm

Kerianne Quick, United States, Greetings from Mexico or Souvenirs from the Border, (key fobs), 2017, Steel, leather

Kerianne Quick, United States, Greetings from Mexico or Souvenirs from the Border, Key Fobs, 2017, Steel, leather, 30 x 30 x 30 cm

Thomas Hill, United Kingdom/United States, Milagros: Mohave Rattlesnake, (pendant), 2013, Copper, enamel

Thomas Hill, United Kingdom/United States, Milagro: Mohave Rattlesnake, Pendant, 2013, Copper, enamel, 7 x 12 cm

Kristin Beeler, United States, Descanso 2, Highway 86, (rosary and digital print on aluminum), 2013 Iron wire, nylon cord

Kristin Beeler, United States, descanso 2, highway 86, Rosary, 2017, Iron fence wire, nylon cord, digital print on aluminum, 28 x 41 cm

Braceros cross the Mexico-U.S. border while walking over the bridge from Reynosa, Mexico to Hidalgo, Texas. Photo: Leonard Nadel

Braceros cross the Mexico-U.S. border while walking over the bridge from Reynosa, Mexico to Hidalgo, Texas. Photo: Leonard Nadel

Eduardo Graue, Mexico, La Frontera, (brooch), 2013, Silver

Eduardo Graue, Mexico, La Frontera, Brooch, 2013, Silver, 9 x 10.5 cm

Rachelle Thiewes, United States, Heat, (bracelet), 2013, Steel, Auto paint

Rachelle Thiewes, United States, Heat, Bracelet, 2013, Steel, Auto paint

Raquel Bessudo, Mexico, La Bestia, Necklace), 2013, Canvas, polyester thread, 1.8 x 24 x .1 cm

Kathleen Browne, United States

Kathleen Browne, United States, Lonely Bones, Objects, 2017, Copper, enamel, 10 x 38 x 30 cm

Ramón Puig Cuyàs, Spain, Silent Conversations beside the Wall II, Brooch, 2012, Nickel Silver

Ramón Puig Cuyàs, Spain, Silent Conversations Beside the Wall II, Brooch, 2012,
Nickel Silver, 5.5 x 11 x 2.5 cm

Kate Connell & Oscar Melara, United States, Arete-libro: La frontera, Earring, Book of the Border, 2013, Steel, silver & brass wire, gum & walnut woods, recycled leather drum heads, Mexican milagros, acrylic & enamel paint, colored pencil

Kate Connell & Oscar Melara, United States, Arete-libro: La frontera, Earring Book of the Border, Earrings, 2013, Steel, silver & brass wire, gum & walnut woods, recycled leather drum heads, Mexican milagros, acrylic & enamel paint, colored pencil, 6.5 x 16.5 x 1.5 cm

Installation view

Installation view

Thea Clark, United States, Torn, Necklace, 2013, Steel, cotton bandanas, epoxy resin, tinted plastic, 50 centavos coin, one cent coin

Thea Clark, United States, Entangled, Necklace, 2013, Cotton bandanas, water bottle caps, silver, copper, nickel, acrylic paint, steel

Jorge Castañón, Argentina, ¿Hacia dónde va tu sangre?, Neckpiece, 2013 Eucalyptus, linen thread, sewing thread, acrylic from Coca Cola sign

Jorge Castañón, Argentina, ¿Hacia Dónde Va tu Sangre?, Neckpiece, 2013, Eucalyptus, linen thread, sewing thread, acrylic from Coca Cola sign, 450 x 20 x 2 cm

Jacqueline Roffe, Mexico, El luchador 1 (pendant), 2013, Sterling silver, steel, precious metal clay, enamel, microesferas

Jacqueline Roffe, Mexico, El Luchador 1, Pendant, 2013, Sterling silver, steel, pure silver, decal, enamel, reflective beads, 2.5 x 4 x 4 cm

The metal border fence along the U.S.-Mexico border near the National Park Service's Coronado National Memorial, Arizona. Photo by Matt Clark.

The metal border fence along the U.S.-Mexico border near the National Park Service’s Coronado National Memorial, Arizona. Photo by Matt Clark.

Gabriela Campo, Mexico, Desvanecidos pero no olvidados, Ring, 2013, Sterling silver, wood, digital transfer on fabric

Gabriela Campo, Mexico, Desvanecidos pero no olvidados, Ring, 2013, Sterling silver, wood, image transfer on textile, 3 x 4.5 x 3.2 cm

Alberto Dávila , Mexico, Área Fronteriza, (necklace), 2013, Sterling silver, cultured pearls, tourmaline

Alberto Dávila , Mexico, Área Fronteriza, Necklace, 2013, Sterling silver, cultured pearls, tourmaline,3.4 x 8.7 x 2.9 cm

Nicolas Estrada, Colombia/Spain, Sell Your Soul, Pendant, 2013, Sterling silver, hand-painted enamel, pearls, crystal

Nicolas Estrada, Colombia/Spain, Sell Your Soul, Rosary, 2013, Silver, enamel, pearls, crystal rhinestones, 58 x 4 x .5 cm

"Entre la gloria y la pena." Playas de Tijuana Secc Monumental, Tijuana, BC, MX. Photo by Alex Torres.

“Entre la gloria y la pena.” Playas de Tijuana Secc Monumental, Tijuana, BC, MX. Photo by Alex Torres.

Pierce Healy, Ireland, El Zorro,, Neckpiece, 2013, Engraved sterling silver, leather, wood, rubber

Pierce Healy, Ireland, El Zorro, Neckpiece, 2013, Sterling silver, wood, cork, leather, 15 x 13 x 10 cm each

Sol Flores, Argentina, Borron y Cuenta Nueva 2, Brooch, 2013, Nickel silver, pencil, eraser

Sol Flores, Argentina, Borron y Cuenta Nueva 2, Brooch, 2013, Nickel silver, pencil, eraser, 16 x .5 x .5 cm

Mary Frisbee Johnson, United States, Run for the Border, Brooch, 2013, Patinated copper, lithographed tin, sterling silver

Mary Frisbee Johnson, United States, Run for the Border, Brooch, 2013,
Copper, lithographed tin, sterling silver, 8.3 x 10.5 x 1 cm

Installation view, "End of the TJ Border." Photo by Michael Beige.

Installation view, “End of the TJ Border.” Photo by Michael Beige.

Holland Houdek, United States, Removal of the Larynx, Brooch, 2012, Laryngectomy Tube, Copper, nickel silver, nickel-plated silver chain

Holland Houdek, United States, Removal of the Larynx, Brooch, 2012, Laryngectomy Tube, Copper, nickel silver, nickel-plated silver chain, 10 x 8 x 3 cm

Alejandra Koreck, Argentina, Paz/Thoreau II, Necklace, 2013, Hand-made paper, synthetic raffia

Alejandra Koreck, Argentina, Paz/Thoreau II, Necklace, 2013, Hand-made paper, synthetic raffia, 52 x 33 x 8 cm

Nancy Moyer with Mark Clark, United States, Border Fence Series: Border Scenarios, Neckpiece, 2013, Sterling silver, digital prints, glaze, steel pins, rubber cord

Nancy Moyer with Mark Clark, United States, Border Fence Series: Border Scenarios, Neckpiece, 2013, Sterling silver, digital prints, glaze, steel pins, rubber cord, 7 x 24 x 1 cm

Chiara Pignotti, Italy/Spain, Paisajes Fronterizos. México, Brooch, 2012, Bronze, bottle glass

Chiara Pignotti, Italy/Spain, Paisajes Fronterizos. México, Brooch, 2012, Bronze, bottle glass; Paisajes Fronterizos. Estados Unidos, Brooch, 2012, Sterling silver, bottle glass, 7 x 7 x 4 cm and 7 x 7 x 3.5 cm

Andrés Fonseca, Mexico, Somos Frontera, Neckpiece, 2013, grey felt, thread

Andrés Fonseca, Mexico, Somos Frontera, Neckpiece, 2013, Felt, thread, 104 x 23 x 1 cm

Martacarmela Sotelo, Mexico, Visiones de la frontera, Necklace, 2013, Sterling silver, copper, brass, enamel, oil paint, aluminum, wood, linoleum, plastic, paper, foam board, elastic

Martacarmela Sotelo, Mexico, Visiones de la Frontera, Necklace, 2013, Sterling silver, copper, brass, enamel, oil paint, aluminum, wood, linoleum, plastic, paper, foamboard, elastic, Box: 75 x 30 x 5 cm, Necklace: 7.1 x 6 x 3 cm

Poleta Rodete, Mexico, Un gozne entre dos, Ring, 2013, Forest green marble, oxidized steel

Poleta Rodete, Mexico, Un Gozne entre Dos, Ring, 2013, Marble, iron, 3.5 x 6.9 x 14 cm

Maria Solórzano, Mexico/Argentina, 3185cm., Necklace, 2013, Silk thread, ceramic

Maria Solórzano, Mexico/Argentina, 3185cm., Necklace, 2013, Silk thread, ceramic, .1 x 31.85 cm

Olga Starostina, Russia/USA, The End of a Desperate Journey…, Brooch, 2013, Recycled aluminum, copper, leather

Olga Starostina, Russia/USA, The End of a Desperate Journey…, Brooch, 2013, Aluminum, copper, leather, 10.2 x 25.4 x 1.2 cm

Jette Zirpins, Mexico, La Bestia, Neckpiece, 2013, Plastic, nickel, sterling silver, magnets

Jette Zirpins, Mexico, La Bestia, Neckpiece, 2013, Plastic, nickel silver, sterling silver, magnets, 34 x 20 x 1.8 cm

Elizabeth Rustrian, Mexico, Jacksus, Necklace, 2013, 14k gold plated brass, chain: 14k gold plated sterling silver

Elizabeth Rustrian, Mexico, Jacksus, Necklace, 2013, 14k gold plated brass, chain: 14k gold plated sterling silver, 54 x 7 x 4 cm

Mabel Pena, Argentina, El Cruce II, Brooch, 2013, Bronze, plastic, paper, sterling silver

Mabel Pena, Argentina, El Cruce II, Brooch, 2013, Bronze, plastic, paper, silver, 5.9 x 9 x 1 cm

"US Mexico Border" Photo by His Noodly Appendage.

“US Mexico Border” Photo by His Noodly Appendage.

Jorge Manilla, Mexico/Belgium, Muriendo en el intento, Pendants, 2013, 2017, Polymer gypsum, steel, fabrics, leather

Jorge Manilla, Mexico/Belgium, Muriendo en el intento, Pendants, 2013, 2017, Gypsum polymer,, steel, fabrics, leather, 19 x 9 x 6 cm

Bostock Sandra 2.a

Sandra Bostock, Mexico, Pulseras de Seguridad, Bracelets, 2012, Sterling silver, concrete, steel, 3.6 x 3.6 x 1.2 cm

Elvira Bessudo, Mexico, Seguro 3, Brooch, 2012, Stainless steel, polymer clay, thread, tea bags

Elvira Bessudo, Mexico, Seguro 3, Brooch, 2012, Stainless steel, polymer clay, thread, tea bags, 12.5 x 6.5 x .4 cm

Mayte Amezcua, Mexico, Green Card, Necklace, 2013, Sterling silver, engraved copper, pieces of Green Card, stone

Mayte Amezcua, Mexico, Green Card, Necklace, 2013, Sterling silver, engraved copper, pieces of Green Card, stone, 23.5 x 16 x .7 cm

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