Art

"El Vuelo y Su Semilla"

When: Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Aug. 27

Born in Mexico City in 1963, globally exhibited artist Betsabeé Romero specializes in transforming everyday materials in powerful installations that comment on social, political and environmental issues. Based on their ability to attract “the greatest aesthetic attention among people of all ages and social classes,” Romero often employs cars (and car parts) as artistic elements — referencing borders, migration and natural disasters while adorning vehicles with floral, tattoo and cloud patterns or, in the case of her 2007 photograph Exodus I, half-burying a colorful caravan of Volkswagen Beetles on a hillside. As The New York Times pointed out in 2011, Romero “treats the car like a human body, and excels at dissecting its anatomy — especially the tires.” Taking rubber to unexpected heights while also emphasizing the importance of recycling, Romero has carved decorative patterns into tires (at times inking them up and using them as printmaking devices), embellished tires with inlays of gold leaf and velvet, and sculpted tires from pre-chewed gum — which stands out as another unexpected yet universal ingredient in her work. Previously exhibited at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. as part of a program examining the importance of relations between the U.S. and Mexico in these troubled times, Romero’s “El Vuelo y Su Semilla” reflects on “the identity and culture that Mexican immigrants carry with them on their journey to the United States.” Bringing together an assortment of installation works, the solo exhibition opens in conjunction with our own Mexican Cultural Institute’s multimedia series A World of Migrants: A Week to Understand Migration.

Price: Free