For EXPO Chicago 2016, Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present a two-person booth with gallery artists: Firelei Báez and Miguel AngelRíos. In addition, a selection of public artworks by Ríos, curated by Daria de Beauvais, Curator, Palais de Tokyo, and by Julio CésarMorales, curated by Diana Nawi, Associate Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami, are included as part of IN/SITU, Expo Chicago’s program of public artworks. Báez’s new and vivid large scale paintings on canvas and paper pair with Ríos’s rarely exhibited folded maps from his signature series from the late 1990’s. For IN/SITU Ríos presents new video work while Morales exhibits six site-specific, text-based banners and vinyl artworks throughout the fair and in the Expo’s lounge sponsored by Wansas Tequila. Each artist re-writes historical narratives from Latin American and/or the Caribbean as a means to examine how the body is subjugated today under various conditions—be it colonialism and identity politics in the case of Báez, forced and dangerous migratory conditions in the case of Ríos, or underground economies in the case of Morales.
Firelei Báez: Trust Memory Over History
January 27–March 5, 2016
Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present Trust Memory Over History, artist Firelei Báez’s first solo exhibition at the gallery and the first time her work will be presented publicly in San Francisco. The exhibition will open on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 with a discussion between Báez and María Elena Ortiz, Associate Curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, followed by a public reception. Trust Memory Over History will be on view through March 5, 2016.
The works featured in Trust Memory Over History investigate socio-political movements of black resistance across the global diaspora. By illuminating underlying links between seemingly disparate experiences, Báez traces shared iconographical systems of rebellion, ranging from the Latin Americanazabache, to female resistance in 18th-century Louisiana, to 19th-century socialism, to the 1960s civil rights movement in the United States. On view will be paintings and drawings made this year, including select works from the artist’s recent solo exhibition at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art as well as new portraits and works from her ongoing series titled Carib’s Jhator.