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Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón
February 6 - May 2Free
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is pleased to host Nkame, a solo exhibition dedicated to the work of the late Cuban printmaker Belkis Ayón (1967-1999). During her short but fertile career, she produced an extraordinary body of work central to the history of contemporary printmaking in Cuba and abroad.
Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón presents forty-eight prints and audiovisual materials that encompass a wide range of the artist’s graphic production from 1986 until her untimely passing in 1999. Ayón mined the founding narrative of the Afro-Cuban all-male fraternal society called Abakuá Secret Society to create an independent and powerful visual iconography. She is highly regarded for her signature technique of collagraphy, a printing process in which a variety of materials are collaged onto a cardboard matrix and run through a press. Her deliberately austere palette of subtle black, white, and gray adds drama and mystery to her works. By joining multiple printed sheets she made large-scale works which are all included in the exhibition.
Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón is curated by Cristina Vives and organized by the Belkis Ayón Estate, Havana, Cuba, with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Exhibition Tour Management by Landau Traveling Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA. The exhibition premiered in the United States in 2016, and in 2017, ArtNews magazine named it one of the top ten exhibitions in the world. Behind the Veil of a Myth, a 2018 publication written by Cristina Vives and edited by the Estate of Belkis Ayón, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, and Estudio Figueroa-Vives in Havana, accompanies the exhibition.
Image: Belkis Ayón, Sin título (Sikán con chivo) [Untitled (Sikán with Goat)], 1993, collagraph. Courtesy of the Estate of Belkis Ayón