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Laura Anderson Barbata: Collaborations Beyond Borders

August 31, 2016
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Laura Anderson Barbata: Collaborations Beyond Borders will be on display in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries at Douglass Library from September 6 to December 16. The exhibition contains selected highlights of textile, sculptural, two-dimensional, and video works from the traveling exhibition Transcommunality.

Save the Dates

  • Tuesday, November 1, 5 to 6:30 p.m.: reception followed by an artist lecture at Douglass Library.
  • Wednesday, November 2, 10:30 a.m. to noon: Barbata will present La Extraordinaria Historia de Julia Pastrana, a performance work in progress, in the Scholarly Communication Center at Alexander Library.

About the Artist

Laura Anderson Barbata is the 2016-17 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist at Rutgers University. Born in Mexico City and based in New York, Barbata focuses in her work on participatory art initiatives that document communities and traditions, using storied art forms as platforms for social change, contemporary performance, group participation, and protest.

Her collaborative and ongoing transdisciplinary works have been initiated in places such as the Amazon of Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Norway, the United States, and Mexico. Her practice intertwines traditional and contemporary mediums, so-called “fine art” and popular art, and craft and folk customs forging links between the past and the present, as well as the individual and the community.

Among her most well-known projects are: Transcommunality, a decade-long project with communities in Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, and Brooklyn highlighting the moko jumbie stilt walking tradition; Intervention: Wall Street, a collaborative performance with the Brooklyn Jumbies that took place during 2011’s Occupy Wall Street protests; and The Repatriation of Julia Pastrana, a project involving the return of Ms. Pastrana (a woman born with hypertrichosis terminalis and gingival hyperplasia who was exhibited in the 19th century as the ugliest woman in the world) for burial in her homeland of Mexico.

Barbata’s work is included in numerous private and public collections, among them, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; and Landesbank Baden-Wϋrttemberg, Stuttgart, Germany. She is a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores, FONCA-CONACULTA, México; and the Julia Pastrana project is supported by the Sistema Nacional de Creadores, FONCA-CONACULTA, México.

About the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series

The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series is a program of the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities (CWAH) in partnership with Rutgers University Libraries. CWAH is a unit in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and a consortium member of the Institute for Women's Leadership at Rutgers University. The Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist exhibitions and events are funded in part by the Estelle Lebowitz Memorial Fund.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The exhibition and events are free and open to the public. RSVP is requested but not required for the events: Further information about the exhibition, events, accessibility, and parking can be found at the CWAH website.