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MOLAA Chief Curator Gabriela Urtiaga in conversation with artist and scholar Amalia Mesa-Bains on the ofrenda in contemporary art at 11:00 AM PDT

Amalia Mesa-Bains (US, b. 1943) is an internationally renowned artist, scholar, and curator. Throughout her career, Mesa-Bains has expanded understandings of Latina/ o artists’ references to spiritual practices and vernacular traditions through her altar installations, articles, and exhibitions, and in 1992; she was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. Her work has been shown at institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, and the New Museum and international venues in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Ireland, Sweden, England France and Spain. As a cultural critic she has co-authored along with bell hooks of Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism. She founded and directed the Visual and Public Art department at California State University at Monterey Bay where she is now Professor Emerita.

Gabriela Urtiaga is an Art historian, curator, and journalist. She is currently the Chief Curator of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California. She was curator of the XIV Biennial of Curitiba, Brazil (2019/2020), and was the Chief Curator of the Kirchner Cultural Center (CCK) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, between 2016 and 2019. She has carried out numerous curatorships and developed artistic projects in collaboration with international institutions such as Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, La Maison Rouge, Le Bibliothèque nationale (France); the CentroCentro and MACBA (Spain); the MACRO Museum (Italy); the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (Chile); the Centro Cultural Recoleta, and the Museo Sívori (Argentina), among others.Throughout her career she has worked with prominent Latin American artists and those from the rest of the world such as Marta Minujín, Judy Baca, Julio Le Parc, Rimer Cardillo, Tomás Saraceno, Delia Cancela, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jean Michel Othoniel, Marie Orensanz, Marco Godinho , among others. She has also developed platforms for the dissemination of emerging artists in Argentina. She has published books and articles on contemporary Latin American art and has lectured at numerous museums, art fairs and universities. She is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the International Committee of Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM).