‘María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold’ is a monographic exhibition of a visionary voice in photography, immersive installation, painting, and performance.
María Magdalena Campos-Pons (born Matanzas, Cuba, 1959), Red Composition (detail), from the series Los Caminos (The Path), 1997. Triptych of Polaroid Polacolour Pro photographs, framed: approx. 82 x 56 x 5cm each; approx. 82 x 168 x 5cm overall. Collection of Wendi Norris. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris)
Spanning nearly four decades of visually engaging artworks, the exhibition explores Campos-Pons’s prescient and sensorial work – transporting viewers across geographies, mediums, and spiritual practices. In her explorations of migration, diaspora, and memory, Campos-Pons draws on feminism, photo-conceptualism, and Yoruba-derived Santería symbolism to weave together personal narratives and global histories.
The first multimedia survey of the artist’s work since 2007, ‘Behold’ highlights the artist’s dedication to creating new modes of understanding, as well as her engagement with both historical and present-day challenges. These themes are examined through Campos-Pons’s performance-based practice and work with communities in Cuba, Boston, and Nashville, where she currently resides.
‘María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold’ is organised by the Brooklyn Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The exhibition is curated by Carmen Hermo, Associate Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Mazie Harris, Assistant Curator, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, with Jenée-Daria Strand, former Curatorial Associate, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.
Generous support for this exhibition is provided by Debbie and Mitchell Rechler and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Museum Educational Trust. Additional support is provided by Phyllis Rappaport.
The exhibition will be on view from the 15th of September, 2023, until the 14th of January, 2024. For more information, please visit the Brooklyn Museum.