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Fall 2021

Minerva Cuevas: consonance//dissidence


In the fall of 2021, the Rubin Center will host consonance//dissidence an exhibition of the work of Mexican artist Minerva Cuevas, consisting of a representative selection of previous projects organized by visiting curators Lara Goldmann and Elizabeth Shores and a newly commissioned site-specific project by the artist responding to the context of El Paso and Juarez will be developed through a series of short term residencies and collaboration with local partners.

Cuevas is a conceptual artist whose research-based creative practice spans film, performance, installation, mural painting, and technology. Using the language of branding, advertising and commerce, Cuevas illuminates issues caused by neoliberal policymaking including the exploitation of natural resources and food production, as well as climate change. She blends appropriation, humor and hyperbole in the creation of unconventional projects that are always in deep conversations with the place and the people of the community in which her work will be developed and exhibited.


Minerva Cuevas,  Disidencia (2007) - ongoing. Video still. Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto.

Minerva Cuevas,  Disidencia (2007) - ongoing. Video still. Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto.


Cuevas’s working methodology is always in direct engagement with the history and the communities in which she is developing her projects and showing her work. For her exhibition in El Paso at the Rubin Center, consonance//dissidence, her research began with a September 2019 visit to the border in which the artist and collaborating curators undertook a border immersion experience, meeting with artists and activists from both cities in the development of her proposed exhibition and interaction. This working methodology has been used previously by the Rubin Center, creating immersive, short-term residencies for exhibiting artists to introduce them to the US-Mexico border in the development of exhibitions and commissioned work.

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Minerva Cuevas, Fine Lands, 2018; Photo courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.


Minerva Cuevas (b. 1975, Mexico City) is a conceptual and socially-engaged artist who creates sculptural installations and paintings in response to politically-charged events, such as the tension between world starvation and capitalistic excess. She is represented by Kurimanzutto gallery and studied at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas at UNAM.  Her work has been shown internationally in major art institutions as well as in community-based art spaces.  Solo exhibitions include at the DAAD galerie, Germany (2019), Video Brasil, São Paulo, BR (2018); Dallas Museum of Art, USA (2018); Museo de la Ciudad de México, México (2012); Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom (2010). Her work has been included in collective exhibitions including at: SFMOMA, San Francisco, US (2019); Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico (2018); South London Gallery, London, UK (2016); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, United States (2014).  



Lara Goldmann (b. 1983, Berlin) is an independent curator and multi-media artist and writer. Recent curatorial projects include international group exhibitions such as “Decolonizing Nature”, “here, there and the in-between” and “i swear i saw this”. She is the founding Curatorial Director of the CFA Downtown Studio Gallery in Albuquerque. She has participated in group as well as solo exhibitions in Berlin at the University of the Arts, Koal Gallery, Ratzel Presents, in London, Switzerland and Mexico City. Exhibitions in the United States include groups shows at SITE Santa Fe, Albuquerque Museum, 516 Arts, Experimental Film Festival Albuquerque and the Ox-Bow School of Arts. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Art History at the University of New Mexico, where she is focusing on academic and institutional productions of knowledge, the role of the written word, and curatorial practices as active generators of the structures of racial inequalities.



Elizabeth Shores (b. 1984, Philadelphia) is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator whose practice uses multi-sited transnational methods of collaborative design to study the language of empire in material culture. Elizabeth has exhibited, published, curated, or presented work at such institutions as SITE Santa Fe, Tamarind Institute, The Museum of Modern Art, University of California San Diego, School of Visual Arts, New York University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Arizona State University, Yale University, University of New Mexico, Zayed University, and the University of Zagreb. Elizabeth’s work can be found in the collections of the University of Iowa and the Nevada Museum of Art. Awarded residencies include the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Ox-Bow School of Arts, Blue Mountain Center, Shandaken: Storm King, and the Studios at MASS MoCA.