María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Spoken Softly with Mama, 1998, mixed-media installation, dimensions variable.


María Magdalena Campos-Pons

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
February 25–June 3

The Bass
2100 Collins Avenue
September 21–November 12

Curated by Lisa D. Freiman

The artist as global nomad may be a cliché of the twenty-first century, but the realities of world history are such that individuals still hold allegiances to certain locales over others. María Magdalena Campos-Pons was born and raised in Cuba, where her Yoruban ancestors were slaves, and, although she now lives in Boston, she proudly proclaims that “African tradition is my everyday life experience.” This midcareer retrospective, Campos-Pons’s largest exhibition to date, explores the African diasporic experience through personal intimacies transformed into political testimonies. The show’s thirty-four paintings, videos, installations, and large-format photographs address memory, history, and identity through romantic and ritualistic imagery, while the catalogue features essays by the show’s curator Lisa D. Freiman and Okwui Enwezor. Travels to the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Sept. 21–Nov. 12.