Artists Porfirio Gutiérrez and Tanya Aguiñiga talk and weave together in a field near Guiterrez' hometown in Teotítlan del Valle, Oaxaca. Photo Credit: Javier Lazo Gutiérrez

Sangre de Nopal/Blood of the Nopal: Tanya Aguiñiga and Porfirio Gutiérrez en Conversación/in Conversation

Jul
21
2024
Jan
12
2025

Sangre de Nopal/Blood of the Nopal: Tanya Aguiñiga & Porfirio Gutiérrez en Conversación/in Conversation examines the intersection of art and science within the Indigenous Oaxacan diaspora. This multivocal exhibition features new and recent work by fiber artists Tanya Aguiñiga and Porfirio Gutiérrez alongside Oaxacan textiles from the Fowler collection. A focus on cochineal, a red dye derived from an insect that lives on the opuntia (prickly pear) cactus and first cultivated by the Zapotec peoples around 500 BC, provides a case study in multi-generational innovation. Aguiñiga Gutiérrez approach cochineal as a means of engaging with ancestral knowledge, collective memory, and personal experiences with migration and displacement.

The companion exhibition Sangre de Nopal/Blood of the Nopal: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Contemporary Art, is on view at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) OCT 6, 2024 – JAN 12, 2025. This presentation features the work of Aguiñiga and Gutiérrez, as well as Wendy Cabrera Rubio, Tania Candiani, Edgar Jahir Trujillo, Candace Lin, Andy Medina, Jou Morales, Sandy Rodriguez, Sara Rosalena, Tlacolulokos & Dario Canul, and Dyani White Hawk.

Artists Porfirio Gutiérrez and Tanya Aguiñiga talk and weave together under a cardón cactus in a field near Gutiérrez’ hometown in Teotítlan del Valle, Oaxaca. Photo: Javier Lazo Gutiérrez

Locations

02
Jul
21
2024
Jan
12
2025
Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E Young Drive North, Westwood, Los Angeles

WED: 12–8PM
THU–SUN: 12–5PM
MON–TUE: CLOSED

Oct
6
2024
Jan
12
2025
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB). Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.
653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara Downtown, Santa Barbara

TUE–SUN: 11AM–6PM
MON: CLOSED

Jul
21
2024
Jan
12
2025
Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E Young Drive North, Westwood, Los Angeles

WED: 12–8PM
THU–SUN: 12–5PM
MON–TUE: CLOSED

Oct
6
2024
Jan
12
2025
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB). Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.
653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara Downtown, Santa Barbara

TUE–SUN: 11AM–6PM
MON: CLOSED

Color photograph of two people standing in front of a desert landscape. The figure on the right holds a wood frame with weaving in front of their face. The figure on the left holds a plastic water bottle in front of their face.
Artists Porfirio Gutiérrez and Tanya Aguiñiga hold their weavings in front of their faces on a hill near Gutiérrez’s hometown in Teotítlan del Valle, Oaxaca. Photo: Javier Lazo Gutiérrez
Artists Porfirio Gutiérrez and Tanya Aguiñiga hold their weavings in front of their faces on a hill near Gutiérrez’s hometown in Teotítlan del Valle, Oaxaca. Photo: Javier Lazo Gutiérrez
Artists Porfirio Gutiérrez and Tanya Aguiñiga talk and weave together in a field near Guiterrez' hometown in Teotítlan del Valle, Oaxaca. Photo Credit: Javier Lazo Gutiérrez
Artists Porfirio Gutiérrez and Tanya Aguiñiga talk and weave together in a field near Guiterrez' hometown in Teotítlan del Valle, Oaxaca. Photo Credit: Javier Lazo Gutiérrez
Artists Porfirio Gutiérrez and Tanya Aguiñiga talk and weave together in a field near Guiterrez' hometown in Teotítlan del Valle, Oaxaca. Photo Credit: Javier Lazo Gutiérrez