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Virtual Artist Talk with Artist Tanya Aguiñiga

Friday, November 13, 2020

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for a virtual artist talk by Los Angeles-based artist, designer, and activist Tanya Aguiñiga. Tanya's sculpture Gynic Dispossession 2 is included in the banner exhibition A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience; 20 Years of the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, which is on view at the Taubman Museum of Art through February 7, 2021.

To watch the extended Art21 segment that was played during this event, visit https://art21.org/watch/art-in-the-twenty-first-century/s10/tanya-aguiniga-in-borderlands-extended-segment/.

To watch the full Art21 episode "Borderlands," visit https://art21.org/watch/art-in-the-twenty-first-century/s10/borderlands-screener/.
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About Tanya:

Tanya Aguiñiga (b. 1978) is a Los Angeles based artist/designer/craftsperson who was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She holds an MFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from San Diego State University. In her formative years she created various collaborative installations with the Border Arts Workshop, an artists' group that engages the languages of activism and community-based public art. Her current work uses craft as a performative medium to generate dialogues about identity, culture and gender while creating community. This approach has helped Museums and non-profits in the United States and Mexico diversify their audiences by connecting marginalized communities through collaboration.

Recent museum exhibitions include Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. and Craft and Care at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Aguiñiga is a United States Artists Target Fellow in the field of Crafts and Traditional Arts, a NALAC and Creative Capital Grant Awardee. She is the inaugural fellow for Americans for the Arts Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities. The award supported her creative work in communities throughout 2018 with AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides), an ongoing series of artist interventions and commuter collaborations that address bi-national transition and identity in the US/Mexico border regions, founded by Aguiniga in 2016. AMBOS seeks to create a greater sense of interconnectedness while simultaneously documenting the US/Mexico border.

Aguiñiga has been the subject of numerous articles for American Craft Magazine. She has been featured in PBS's Craft in America Series, as well as in episodes of the Emmy® award-winning arts and cultures series, Artbound, from KCET. Her work is included in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Decorative Arts collection and Contemporary Arts collection, as well as in the collection of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and The Mint Museum in Charlotte.

About the Exhibition:
Organized by the Taubman Museum of Art featuring works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience; 20 Years of the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, shines light on the widespread feelings of anxiety in contemporary art. Referencing both collective and personal anxieties, the works in this exhibition highlight intersectional voices sharing their dissent, joy, and transcendence. The exhibition amplifies the voices and experiences of Latinx and Latin American artists living and working in the United States, with all works acquired by Beth Rudin DeWoody over the past 20 years.
The show includes more than 70 works by 57 artists:
Farley Aguilar, Tanya Aguiñiga, Herman Aguirre, Carlos Almaraz, Candida Alvarez, Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.), Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio, assume vivid astro focus (avaf), Firelei Báez, Felipe Baeza, Leonardo Benzant, Tania Bruguera, Margarita Cabrera, Alejandro Cesarco, Enrique Chagoya, C.J. Chueca, Gisela Colón, william cordova, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Guerra de la Paz, Raúl de Nieves, Ángel Delgado, Sebastian Errazuriz, Corey Escoto, rafa esparza, Luis Flores, María Fragoso, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, ektor garcia, Monica Kim Garza, Anthony Goicolea, Ramiro Gomez, Sayre Gomez, Alfonso Gonzalez Jr., Elmer Guevara, Clotilde Jiménez, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Eddie Martinez, Lilian Martinez, Patrick Martinez, Ana Mendieta, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Beatriz Monteavaro, Esteban Ocampo-Giraldo, Angel Otero, Alina Perez, Elbert Perez, Javier Piñón, Ernesto Pujol, Kenny Rivero, Sandy Rodriguez, Carlos Rolón, Gabriella Sanchez, Zilia Sánchez, Eduardo Sarabia, Cecilia Vicuña, and William Villalongo.
A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience; 20 Years of the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection is curated by Amethyst Rey Beaver, Assistant Curator, 21c Museum Hotels and Eva Thornton, Assistant Curator, Taubman Museum of Art in collaboration with Laura Dvorkin and Maynard Monrow of the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection.
Exhibition and educational support is generously presented by The Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation, Inc., the Dorothea Leonhardt Fund at the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc., Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo.
Additional sponsorship support is provided by the Roanoke Arts Commission of the City of Roanoke and Blue Ridge Beverage. 

Tanya Aguiñiga at the U.S.-Mexico border wall, Tijuana, Mexico. Production still from the Art21 television series "Art in the Twenty-First Century," Season 10, 2020. © Art21, Inc. 2020.