‘Fertile Ground’ At Bell Gallery

Friday is the opening reception for ‘Fertile Ground’ the new exhibit at Bell Gallery open now through November 3rd. A conversation with the artists, María Berrio, Zoë Charlton, and Joiri Minaya will be moderated by guest curator Heather Bhandari.

Through their depictions of women’s bodies enveloped by nature—often juxtaposing wild and cultivated landscapes—these artists challenge romantic tropes of “nature” with powerful personal, cultural, and political narratives.

Berrío, Charlton, and Minaya reference the land in which they were raised—Bogotá, Colombia; Tallahassee, Florida; and the Dominican Republic, respectively. They explore relationships between cross-cultural, gendered personifications of nature and historic conquest and colonization of the natural landscape.

When I stopped by today there was a class in progress so I was able to observe art students in their natural habitat.

Reception and conversation, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Friday, September 13, List Art Building Auditorium, 64 College Street, (directions)

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