Myra Barraza

JULY 4 - AUG 24, 2019

The exhibit moves beyond Frida Kahlo, the iconic Mexican artist who died in 1954, Delgado says. Kahlo deserves limelight but so do so many other women who have gone unnoticed, Delgado says.

“A lot of Latinas’ artwork is based on stories. We are great story-tellers. We just use visuals to tell our stories,” the curator says.

Collectively, the work ranges from abstract sculpture in marble to print making that explores gender fluidity, from black-and-white photography with indigenous spiritual meaning to collages that reflect icons of migration like the blanket and bandana.

The exhibit features artists Adriana Acero, Leticia Alaniz, Adriana Cobo-Frenkel, Diana Marquis, and Angela Faz. It includes new work by the five artists who exhibited in Cinco Latinas 2016: Ivonne Acero, Myra Barraza, Sara Cardona, Leticia Huerta and Maria Teresa García Pedroche. The exhibit also includes videos of the artists—an essential documentary effort for the women who are all mid-career artists or beyond.

The lack of recognition of women artists, in general, was underscored in a landmark study this year, published in the journal PLOS One.

The study found that of about 10,000 artists in permanent collections of 18 prominent art museums in the U.S., 87 percent are male and 85 percent are white.

Diez Latinas was made possible with grants from the city of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs, the Latino Cultural Center of Dallas and the American Association of Retired Persons.