Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory

February 4–July 23, 2023

Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory is the first retrospective exhibition of the work of longtime Bay Area artist Mesa-Bains. Presenting work from the entirety of her career for the first time, this exhibition, which features nearly 60 works in a range of media, including fourteen major installations, celebrates Mesa-Bains’s important contributions to the field of contemporary art locally and globally.

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  • Amalia Mesa-Bains: Cihuateotl with Mirror in Private Landscapes and Public Territories, 1998-2011. Mixed media installation including painted and mirrored armoire, found objects, moss, dried flowers, faux topiaries, family photographs, miniature jeweled trees, painted wooden hedges; 10’ x 20’ x 25’; photo by Michael Karibian.

  • Amalia Mesa-Bains: Circle of Ancestors, 1995. Seven hand-painted chairs with mirrors and jewels, candles, 14’ diameter.

  • Detail of Amalia Mesa-Bains: Queen of the Waters, Mother of the Land of the Dead: Homenaje a Tonatzin/Guadalupe, 1992. Mixed media installation including fabric drape, six jeweled clocks, mirror pedestals with grottos, nicho box, found objects, dried flowers, dried pomegranate, potpourri. 18’ x 6’.

  • Amalia Mesa-Bains: Private Landscapes and Public Territories, 1998-2011. Mixed media installation including painted and mirrored armoire, found objects, moss, dried flowers, faux topiaries, family photographs, miniature jeweled trees, painted wooden hedges; 10’ x 20’ x 25’; photo by Michael Karibian.

  • Amalia Mesa-Bains: Amazona Azteca in Venus Envy Chapter III: Cihuatlampa, The Place of the Giant Women, 1997; giclee print.

  • Detail of Amalia Mesa-Bains: Transparent Migrations, 2001; mixed media installation; 10’ x 18’ x 6’

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