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Minerva Cuevas: MIGRATORY


In January 2022, the Rubin Center will host MIGRATORY: A project conceived on a broad understanding of migration as a natural process that includes non-human species. An exhibition at UTEP together with a free publication and cultural interventions coordinated with the Municipal Institute for Women in Ciudad Juarez will relate to concepts around the ecology of migration and actions of dissidence that respond to the social and environmental crisis in the area.

The project has been developed by artist Minerva Cuevas, curated and in collaboration with artists Lara Goldmann and Elizabeth Shores. 

The Migratory Yellow Pages publication aims to provide valuable information for human migrants to have a safer and accompanied transit. It will also include an extensive collection of graphic and literary contributions from both sides of the border dedicated to them and the ecosystem of the Chihuahua desert. A call for contributions can be found at:

Minerva Cuevas,  Disidencia (2007) - ongoing. Video still. Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto.
Minerva Cuevas, Migration is Natural, 2019.

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 the exhibition at the Rubin Center, the collective research began with a September 2019 visit to the border in which the artist and curators traveled around the border, meeting with artists and activists from both cities. 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.

This project is made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Warhol Foundation, The University of New Mexico Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities, UNM Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities along with the other funders.  

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


Minerva Cuevas (b. 1975, Mexico City) i

is a conceptual and socially-engaged artist who develops projects in response to politically-charged events. 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 presented in group shows 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).  She is represented by Kurimanzutto gallery.



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 curatorial practices.



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, University of Pennsylvania, 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.