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September 10, 2022–February 5, 2023
Public reception: October 1, 6–9pm
Artist-led gallery tour: December 3, 11am
Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures, the first comprehensive survey of the Los Angeles-based artist’s work, is on display for the first time at the California Museum of Photography. She has spent decades engaging in a rich exploration of migration, labor, gender, her Mexican American identity, and the special capabilities of the photographic medium itself. From September 10, 2022, through February 5, 2023, the exhibition will be on display at the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTS.
Photographs by Fernandez, a well-known artist and educator, explore her connections to her hometown of Los Angeles, the overlaps between public and private spaces, individual and historical narratives, exurban and urban spaces, and the cultural border and historical ties between Mexico and the United States. “Christina’s photography has been well-known throughout her long career, especially by its inclusion in major group exhibitions such as LACMA’s Phantom Sightings and the Smithsonian’s Our America,” says exhibition curator Joanna Szupinska. “In this pivotal moment, we’re happy to present this major solo exhibition that firmly centers her work amidst the complex relationship between postmodern art and the Chicano movement.”
The artworks in this exhibition, which spans thirty years, unite Fernandez’s most significant series while shedding light on the formal and conceptual links that bind them. Fernandez’s photos in this extensive solo exhibition push spectators to reexamine history, the border, and the real lives that traverse and occupy them. “Christina’s photography powerfully engages that which has been written out of history or rendered invisible in day-to-day life,” says curatorial advisor Chon Noriega. “She does this not by offering a compensatory image, but by returning the viewer to the act of seeing itself. We see domestic spaces and work sites, but no people; or we encounter centuries of silenced histories in the form of the artist’s own body.”
On October 1, 2022, from 6 to 9 p.m., a reception will be held. On December 3, 2022, at 11 a.m., there will be a gallery tour guided by an artist. For registration details and further information, go to the museum website. Both activities are open to the public and free to enter.
The catalogue Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures (240 pages, 180 black-and-white and color illustrations, 10.25 x 12 inches, hardcover ISBN: 9780895512017, LCCN: 2022002742, 50 USD) is copublished by UCR ARTS and UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC), edited by Rebecca Epstein, CSRC assistant director, designed by Henk van Assen, HvADesign, New York, and distributed by University of Washington Press. Contributors include Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, independent art historian and curator; Julian Myers, independent art historian; Chon A. Noriega, distinguished professor of film, television, and digital media at UCLA; Sally Stein, professor emerita, Department of Art History, University of California, Irvine; Joanna Szupinska, senior curator at the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTS; Roberto Tejada, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen distinguished professor of English at the University of Houston, and Susanna V. Temkin, curator at El Museo del Barrio.
Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures is curated by Joanna Szupinska, Senior Curator. Chon Noriega, Distinguished Professor of Film, Television, and Digital Media at UCLA, is curatorial advisor. Exhibition and book design by HvADesign, New York. This exhibition was made possible by grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Support for the publication was provided by AltaMed Health Services, Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, and Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. KPCC is media sponsor. After the presentation at UCR ARTS, the exhibition will travel to the Amon Carter Center of American Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Princeton University Art Museum, San José Museum of Art, and DePaul Art Museum.