Posted on September 13, 2021
Axis Mundo artist, Judy Baca, is the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, California. Judy Baca: Memorias de Nuestra Tierra, a Retrospective curated by Gabriela Urtiaga and guest curator Alessandra Moctezuma celebrates the breadth of Baca’s career from the large-scale public murals she is most known for to intimate works on paper never before shown to the public.
In Hyperallergic, Jordan Karney Chaim writes:
Eschewing the white box, as Baca has done throughout her career, the curators painted the galleries various shades of red, blue, and yellow, and the convictions that once kept Baca out of the mainstream art world — her entrenchment in community activism, collaborative practice, and commitment to amplifying marginalized voices — are what give this presentation its undeniable power. Despite the importance of Baca’s work, and her influence on a generation of students as a professor in the Cal State and University of California systems, decades of entrenched art-world racism, gender bias, and resistance to overtly political displays in art have delayed a comprehensive treatment of her career until now.
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Image Credit: Judith F. Baca, Documentation of Vanity Table, a performance for the exhibition Las Chicanas: Venas de la Mujer at the Woman’s Building, September 1976. Woman’s Building Records. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles