Internationally recognized for her large-format Polaroid photographs and immersive, multi-media environments, Boston-based, Afro-Cuban artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons has pioneered a distinctive aesthetic melding photography, performance, video, sound, and sculpture. Her work has largely addressed autobiographical issues such as her relationship with her mother and with Cuba, motherhood, family, exile, and, the sugar industry and slave trade in Matanzas, her hometown. She is descended from Nigerian/Yoruban, Chinese, and Hispanic ancestors and her work is infused with the spiritual traditions of her multi-ethnic heritage.
Campos-Pons will exhibit three multi-media installations and two Polaroid photographic compositions in this, her first museum exhibition in Boston since she emigrated to Boston 1991 and joined the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Campos-Pons is representing Cuba at the 2013 Venice Biennale and is exhibiting new work related to her Venice installation at Tufts. A major installation from 1998, Spoken Softly With Mama, on loan from the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, will be presented for the first time in Boston, along with more recent work also shown for the first time in Boston.
The exhibition is organized by the Tufts University Art Gallery and is timed to celebrate the launch of the Africana Studies Program at Tufts. Several special public programs are offered in conjunction with the exhibition in coordination with Africana Studies Program faculty.
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Spoken Softly with Mama, 1998, embroidered silk and organza over ironing boards with photographic transfers, embroidered cotton sheets, cast glass irons and trivets, wooden benches, six projected video tracks, stereo sound, 8.6 x 11.7 m (installation dimensions variable), Purchased 1999, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
EXHIBITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Thursday, September 5, 11:00am
PUBLIC OPENING RECEPTION
Tuesday, September 10, 5:30-8:00pm
INTRODUCTION TO THE EXHIBITION
Tuesday, September 10, 6:30pm
PARENT'S WEEKEND INTRODUCTION TO THE EXHIBITION With Director of Galleries and Collections Amy I. Schlegel
Friday, October 4, 11:00am
DROP-IN EXHIBITION TOURS
Saturday, October 5, 12:00-4:00pm