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Artist Feature: María Magdalena Campos-Pons

Cuban-American visual artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons is having a phenomenal year. She just won a prestigious 50,000 dollar prize from the Perez Art Museum. She garnered recognition not only for her diverse talent in a variety of mediums, and but also for her dedication to social issues. Maria Magdalena is a very special person, not only is she a great, great artist—in photography, in video, in performance—she uses a lot of mediums to express her artistic talents, but she always gives back a lot,” said Jorge Perez. The artist has received well-deserved praise from the artistic community for her dedication. In 2018, Anonymous Was a Woman gifted her with a 25,000 grant.

Campos-Pons is a key figure in post-revolutionary art. In the last three decades, she has received international acclaim. Her work has elements of abstraction and minimalism. Her large scale masterpieces of sharp color and striking imagery have made her as a staple in museum around the world. In addition, she was invited to participate in the Havana Biennial in 2019. The artist is now represented in over thirty museum collections. Some of the major institutions displaying her art include the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, PAMM, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Aside from being a permanent fixture on those grand museum walls, the artist just had some major solo exhibitions. In 2019, “María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Sea and Self” debuted at the Haggerty Museum of Art in August. The show will continue until December 2021. It includes works from the late 1990s to present, including photographs, photographic installations, and a new series of drawings.

Interestingly enough, all of these major merits come towards the later part of her career. She was born in Cuba in 1959. She trained at the Escuela National de Arte in Havana between 1976 and 1979. From 1980 to 1989, she attended Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte. She has been creating art for over fifty years, and her recent recognition is long overdue.

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PAMM Award to Cuban-American Artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) recently awarded Cuban-American artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons their fifty thousand dollar annual Perez Prize. The patron and collector Jorge M. Pérez described Campos-Pons as an “acclaimed professor and artist, who’s touched so many through her work exploring history, race and culture.”

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the multimedia artist is a professor of fine arts at Vanderbilt University. She was born in 1959 in La Vega, Cuba, a town in the province of Matanzas. In the 1980s, she studied painting at prestigious universities and institutes including the National School of Art in Havana, Cuba. She earned a Master’s in Fine Arts, Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Aside from painting, she utilizes photography, sculpture, film, video, and performance in her pieces.

A descendant of Nigerian slaves brought to the island in the 19th century, the artist tells stories about her ancestors in her work. She creates a socially relevant narrative filled with symbolic imagery that originated in Afro-Cuban folklore. Santeria, a Yoruba-derived religion, was the primary practice of her family. Her autobiographical art presents ideas, figures, and images related to the faith, which was common to slaves. In her performance pieces, she entices audiences with elaborate costumes, which she creates. Her “ritualistic spectacles” express various elements her rich cultural background while providing a rich poignant social commentary.

Campos-Pons’ works are in over thirty museum collections, including the Smithsonian Institution; the Whitney; the Art Institute of Chicago; the National Gallery of Canada; the Victoria and Albert Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Perez Art Museum, Miami; and the Fogg Art Museum.

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María Magdalena Campos in Group Show ALIEN NATIONS 2020 at Coral Gables Museum

Carole A. Fewell Gallery

December 1st, 2020 – March 14th, 2021

Cuban Artist María Magdalena Campos is part of the group show ALIEN NATIONS 2020 at the Coral Gables Museum in Miami.

Alien Nations 2020 gathers a group of artists who convey different forms of alienation. It looks at a myriad of issues that are affecting the psychological state of the individual and the different groups within which we live.

Nearly two dozen creatives, both emerging and established, many with connections to South Florida, exhibit works in a broad range of media – painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and performance documentation. Inscribed in a long tradition of responses to troubled times, these pieces not only portray the current socio-political and economic landscape, but also share sensitive insights into the direction of our humanity, and hope for the future.

Events:

January 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Artist Panel: Alien Nations

To RSVP for the panel: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsc-mqrz0oHdL1ZVt3QpNfuva_RbEuSMUB

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the conversation.

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Alchemy of the Soul: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

January 9 – April 3, 2016

The Peabody Essex Museum,
East India Square (161 Essex St)
Salem, Massachusetts 01970


Alchemy of the Soul: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
presents the most ambitious collaboration between the Afro-Cuban artist and her husband, musician and composer Neil Leonard. Through large-scale blown glass sculptures, paintings, photographs, and evocative soundscapes, the artist draws on the structural forms found in the abandoned sugar mills and rum factories of her childhood island home. Incorporating the sweet smell of rum, this multi-sensory exhibition creates an intoxicating reconceptualization of the often-brutal history of the Cuban sugar industry, offering a visceral experience that ignites the senses and our emotional awareness of place, memory, identity and labor.

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Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons in group show at the NC Museum of Art, North Carolina

Apr 4, 2015 – Sep 13, 2015

North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607
East Building, Level A, Photography Galleries

Director’s Cut features a selection of photographs from recent gifts to the Museum in honor of Dr. Lawrence Wheeler’s 20th anniversary as director of the North Carolina Museum of Art.

These gifts are a significant addition to the Museum’s photography collection and feature iconic images by many ground-breaking photographers of the 20th century, along with innovative works by contemporary photographers. Ranging in date from 1967 to 2013, the photographs depict a wide variety of subject matter, including Elvis conventions, minor league baseball, self-portraits, the southern landscape, and views of Cuba and New York. The photographers in the exhibition explore an array of photographic techniques and approaches, including traditional gelatin-silver prints, digital prints, Polaroids, and straight photography as well as overtly manipulated and constructed images.

Artists in the exhibition include Uta Barth, William Christenberry, Alex Harris, Frank Hunter, Bill Jacobson, Simen Johan, Andrew Moore, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Kerry Skarbakka, among others.

 

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Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons: “My Mother Told Me” at Tufts University, MA

September 5 – December 8, 2013

 

Tufts University Art Gallery
Tisch Gallery
40 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

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.

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Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons presents her work at MOCRA

Museum of Contemporary Religious Art
3700 W Pine Blvd  St Louis, MO 63108

Campos-Pons, “a leading artist of the Afro-Cuban diaspora,” presented her work within the context of ritual and spirituality, in the process divulging some personal history to help viewers better understand the relationship between the art and the artist.

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Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

Wynwood Gallery Walk – Saturday June 9, 2012

Portraits of Desire

Hardcore Art Contemporary Space
72 NW 25th Street
Miami, FL
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Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons: “Mama/Reciprocal Energy”, Vanderbilt University, TN

October 12 through December 8, 2011

Special talk and opening reception

10/12/2011, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Vanderbilt University

2201 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37235

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons: MAMA/RECIPROCAL ENERGY will be the first exhibition that examines this internationally recognized artist’s drawings. Five large-scale, mixed-media drawings, works that the artist created as a means to explore themes central to her practice, such as issues of identity, exile and displacement as a Afro-Cuban artist living in America, will be included. In addition to these works, drawings that address specific performances the artist has presented over the course of her career, one of which is a collaborative work she created with her son, will also be featured. This later body of work is the artist’s attempt at “putting the [performances] in a memory box, [in order to create] the essence of the moment.” The drawings will be accompanied by a three-channel video work that examines questions surrounding the nature of energy from an intriguing perspective.

Born in Matanzas in 1959, Campos-Pons was educated in Cuba at the National School of Art (1976ñ1979) and Instituto Superior de Arte (1980-1985) and graduated from Massachusetts College of Art in 1988. She is one of the most significant artists to emerge from the Cuban post-revolutionary era. She moved to North America in 1991 and now lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with her husband, the composer and performing artist Neil Leonard, and their son.

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Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons: JOURNEYS

October 7, 2011 – January 8, 2012

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

919 Broadway
Nashville, TN, 37203-3822

The Cuban-born artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons creates photographs, video, and multi-media installations that tell the story of the survival of African cultures by evoking rites, myths, and narratives that have evolved through generations. Her work symbolically follows the history of the slave trade from her family’s origin in Nigeria to Cuba, where they worked in the sugar industry, to present-day Boston, where Campos-Pons now works and teaches.

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