Winter/Spring 2017 

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January 17 – February 27, 2017

VISIONES E HISTORIAS: Maya Paintings from Guatemala

features colorful painting full of narrative detail. Maya painters Paula Nicho Cúmez and Pedro Rafaél González Chavajay complement one another, her work exploring the internal spiritual world and his work exploring the external Maya experience.


View images of the work on display here.




is a mid-career retrospective documenting performance works by an internationally-known Guatemalan artist and poet. She uses her body as a means for symbolic expression to challenge the inequalities and atrocities that have become commonplace across the globe. At times presenting unsettling topics, Galindo’s work challenges viewers to address issues of social justice, gender, race, politics, and identity.

This exhibition contains adult themes and graphic-violent content, nudity, and imagery not suitable for children or more sensitive viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

View a video discussing Galindo's work and the exhibition curated by Lia Newman, Director of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College in North Carolina hereWarning: This video contains adult themes and imagery that are not suitable for children. Viewer discretion is advised. 






HUIPILES: Maya Identity and Identifier

explores the rich and unique weaving and embroidery practices of the Guatemalan Maya through traditional women’s blouses. Woven by women on back strap looms, the garments represent family and village identity throughout the central highlands region and embody a weaving tradition passed from mother to daughter.








Images top to bottom:
Pedro Rafaél González Chavajay, Q’uq’kumatz, Quetzalcoatl / Winged Serpent, 2011, (20 x 16 in.) On loan from the Barnes-Staikidis collection.
Paula Nicho Cúmez, El Peso de Nuestra Historia, The Weight of Our History, 2012, (32 x 24 in.) On loan from the Helen Moran collection.
Regina José Galindo. Estoy viva / I Am Alive, 2014. Produced by / Producida por Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy. Photo by Andrea Sartori.
Unknown Guatemalan female weaver, Blue Huipil, blouse with embroidered parrots. Santiago Atitlan, Sololá Guatemala. Dyed cotton and hand embroidery. On loan from Jennifer Kirker Priest.