Bloodlines, a major solo exhibition by Curlee Raven Holton, Roth Professor of Art and director of Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute, is running through July 25 at Casa de la Cultura de Azcapotzalco (The House of Culture) in Mexico City.
Featuring 21 drawings and paintings, the exhibit illustrates the cultural ties that exist between African-American and Mexican art.
David C. Driskell, an African-American art scholar and former EPI visiting artist, writes in the exhibit introduction, “Bloodlines … provides a global perspective on art that transcends race, language, and national origin. It reinforces the common bond of understanding that we have for our neighbors to our immediate south; those whose art, food, and popular culture reinforce the significance of our shared global history.”
Holton also organized Driskell’s recent show Máscaras de la Ciudad in Oaxaca, Mexico.
“Both shows are a continuation of my efforts at EPI to build cultural and professional relationships in Latin America and expand Lafayette’s cultural presence and programming impact internationally,” says Holton.
EPI was established by Holton in 1996 to promote research and experimentation within the print medium. Since its inception, the visiting artist and artist-in-residence programs have introduced students to artists from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. Their residencies have inspired print editions, experimental works, and artists’ books, which have been included in galleries and exhibits around the globe.
Holton’s prints and paintings have been exhibited professionally in more than 40 one-person shows and more than 100 group shows, including prestigious national and international venues such as Egypt’s International Biennale; Taller de arts Plasticas Rufino Tamayo in Oaxaca, Mexico; the Cleveland Museum of Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
His work is in many private and public collections, including the Cleveland Museum of Art; the West Virginia Governor’s Mansion; Foundation of Culture Rodolfo Morales in Oaxaca, Mexico; Yale University Art Gallery; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; and the Library of Congress.