Juror: María Magdalena Campos-Pons
March 17-April 21, 2017
Reception: Friday, March 17, 6:00-8:00pm

The Brookline Arts Center is pleased to present Up/Rooted. How do we connect with where we come from if we are no longer there? How does our sense of place relate to our culture and identity? Looking for work inspired by origin, displacement and the influence of the past on the future, the BAC invited artists  of all media residing in the United States to submit work that raises questions and draws influence from heritage, culture and familial traditions, and explores how we come to terms with being up/rooted.

Up/Rooted was juried by María Magdalena Campos-Pons. Selected artists include Stephanie AngeloDiane BarthelemyMonique BelitzCoco BerkmanGail BosNancy BrooksStephen BruckerFrancesca BrunettiAlex CallenderZhanna CantorMorgan CraigNayda CuevasFuren DaiAdrienne Der MarderosianLisa Jeanne GrafJorge Herrera, Paul Hitchen, Agnieszka HoldaMichael HowerDinora JusticeAmanda Kidd SchallOana Lauric, Frantz Lexy, Shona MacdonaldNancy MarksLiliana MarquezJillian MelnykKatharine MorrillLior Neiger, Eric Nichols, Leah OatesOlivia OuyangMarcus ParsonsKeith PlummerBill Porter, Ponnapa Prakkamakul, Susan Reynolds, Catie Rice, Ruth RosnerLiz RuestClaudia Ruiz-GustafsonNancy RumpfIngrid ScheiblerDavid SchnuckelTatyana ScottShweta SenguptaBrittany SeveranceIan Shelly, Gaal Shepherd, Lauren Skelly BaileyJeff Stauder, Roi Tamkin, Joanne TarlinAmanda TyahurAndrea WenglowskyjKatie WildAndrea ZampitellaGinny Zanger and Daniel Zeese.


Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons’ work of the last 20 years covers an extended range of visual language investigations. Campos-Pons’ work emerges from the early 1980s focus on painting and the discussion of sexuality in the crossroads of Cuban mixed cultural heritage to incisive questioning, critique and insertion of the black body in the contemporary narratives of the present. Installation art, performative photography and cultural activism define the core of Campos-Pons’ practice of the last two decades. A cross collaboration with musician composer and husband, Neil Leonard, that started in 1988, has complemented and enriched the scope of Campos-Pons’ work. Together they founded GASP, a lab and studio for the 21st century. She has lectured from the Tate Modern to the Brooklyn Museum and the School of Art in Dakar.

Campos-Pons has been exhibited internationally since 1984 when she won the Honorable Mention at the XVIII Cagnes-sur-Mer Painting Competition in France, and the Bunting Fellowship in Visual Arts at Harvard 1993; solo shows followed at MoMA, the Venice Biennale 2001, Johannesburg Biennial, the First Liverpool Biennial, the Dak’ART Biennial in Senegal; most recently the Guangzhou Triennial in China hosted her work. A 20-year retrospective of Campos-Pons’ work, Everything is Separated by Water: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, opened in Indianapolis in 2006 and traveled to the Bass Museum in Miami. A new museum show opened in Nashville in 2010.

Campos-Pons was celebrated as one of upcoming young leaders of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by the Women’s Chapter, among the 100 Most Influential Latinos, and honored in 2008 as Harvard launched its Campaign to build the new Harvard Art Museum, as well at the Indianapolis Museum of Arts’ 125th Anniversary Gala in 2008. Campos-Pons was selected to receive the Rappaport Prize in 2007.