Tuesday, November 21, 2023

SUMMARY -- Exhibition at the University of Arizona Art Museum

We were honored and delighted that the University of Arizona Art Museum exhibited the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta in Tucson.  The exhibit runs from June 10th, 2023 to December 21st, 2023.

stands next to the Desert Triangle legend

LIVE PRINTMAKING -- on a Tortilla Press, during the reception:

(L to R) Chelsea Farrar (curator), Olivia Miller (museum director)
Manuel Guerra and Karl Whitaker holding the pink bucket,
Joe Marshall and Linda Marie Garcia

Chelsea Farrar, the Curator of Community Engagement,
gets the best out of printmakers Manuel Guerra and Joe Marshall
by giving them a free drink ticket

Six from Tucson, Albuquerque and El Paso,
showed up for the reception --

The main reception was for the exhibition in the large gallery -- PULSE: Weavings and Paintings by Marlow Katoney:

The main reception was for the exhibition in the large gallery --

about the exhibition
at the University of Arizona

Click on the photos to go to the blog post about that topic:


From the University of Arizona Art Museum:

During the reception we met Alejandro Macias, the new painting professor at the University of Arizona:

Manuel Guerra (l), printmaking professor at UTEP,
with Alejandro Macias, painting professor 
at the University of Arizona

Painting by Alejandro Macias
currently hanging in the gallery
of the University of Arizona Art Museum

We met Alejandro Macias back in 2015, when we showed two Desert Triangle prints, in the art museum of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville, Texas:

The print studio
at the University of Arizona

UofA students
reflecting on the meaning of Art
in the hallway

The main gate to the University of Arizona in Tucson,
leading to the main road, lined with palm trees

Manuel Guerra in Tucson,
standing in front of where the 

The Desert Triangle
in other venues

We saw Cristina Cardenas' print hanging in the Tucson Art Museum:
  • Oliva Miller, director of the University of Arizona Art Museum
  • Chelsea Farrar, director of Community Engagement at the University of Arizona Art Museum
  • Sophie Briley, the curator for the "Desert Triangle Print Carpeta" exhibition
  • Albert Chamillard, Exhibition Specialist for the University of Arizona Art Museum
  • Linda Marie Garcia, student intern who helped us with live Tortilla Printing
  • Federico Villalba, who took all the best photos of the gallery and the reception

Sunday, November 19, 2023

The Gallery at the University of Arizona Art Museum

The gallery at the University of Arizona Art Museum of the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta exhibition:

stands next to the legend

starting from the main northeast entrance 

Sophie Briley wrote the legend panel in the middle of the gallery:

Desert Triangle Print Carpeta

The Desert Triangle Print Carpeta is a collaborative project born from the mind of self-proclaimed art agitator Karl "KRЯRL" Whitaker, who wished to showcase the artistic merit that exists within the American Southwest.  KRЯRL traveled around the region defined by Tucson, Albuquerque, and El Paso -- a desert triangle -- and recruited 29 other artists living in or near these cities to collaborate on a print portfolio.  These artists were given no other instructions but to print on a full sheet of 22- x 30-inch paper and to avoid total abstraction.   The size and scope of the prints illustrate the depth of craftmanship and creativity that contemporary Southwest artists have to offer.  Through these works, the exhibition explores the following themes:  gender and sexuality, religious and spiritual icons, personal narratives, social and political critique, and sense of place.

Featuring prints by: Pavel Acevedo, Jesus "CIMI" Alvarado, Chris Bardey, Cristina Cárdenas, Nani Chacon, Mark Christian, Michael Contreras, Francisco Delgado, Gonzalo Espinosa, Rudy Flores, Manuel Guerra, Jellyfish Colectivo, KRRRL, Los Dos, Joe Marshall, Raul Monarrez, Henry Morales, Lo Moran, Ruben Urrea Moreno, Victor Muheddine, Tino Ortega, Zeke Peña, Matthew Poe, Martin Quintanilla, Tim Razo, Rezizte Colectivo, Tanya Rich, Rogo, Federico Villalba and Mykl Wells.

This exhibition was curated by Sophie Briley (B.A. Art History, '23), the Edward and Nancy Strauss curatorial intern.  Spanish translations by Denisse Brito.