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Minerva Cuevas: MIGRATORY

Rubin Gallery

January 27-April 13, 2022


MIGRATORY at the Rubin Center will host Minerva Cuevas’ International Understanding Foundation, a conceptual structure highlighting solidarity networks and creative environments in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. A fundamental part of this exhibition is the publication of the Migratory Yellow Pages / La Sección Amarilla de la Migración, a book aiming to provide information for human migrants to have a welcoming transit, filled with contributions by local and international artists, writers, and organizations.

MIGRATORY Yellow Pages Book Release
Saturday, March 12 at 6pm
at Panadería REZIZTE in Ciudad Juarez
Avenida 16 de Septiembre #758


The exhibition is co-curated by artists Lara Goldmann and Elizabeth Shores, and produced in collaboration with Edgar Picazo of the El Paso- Juárez-based non-profit Azul Arena.

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 Texas Commission for the Arts, the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities at the University of New Mexico, Rowan University, and with the support of Azul Arena, Cd. Juarez.

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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.