Mi Tiempo, Mein Raum, My Map – Performance

This performance recreates memories of all the people I have met in my life. It recreates different stages of my life, names of people that populated my space on a specific period of my life or delineated a map in my journey. They all are important landmarks in my journey, and are present.

 “…wisp of affection and questions of memory tied to place through particular people”. Ossman, Susan. Moving Matters: Path Of Serial Migration. Stanford University Press, 2013, Pag 143

 Beatriz Mejía-Krumbein: I Am Still An Artist

A retrospective exhibition of the work of Riverside artist and La Sierra University Professor Beatriz Mejía-Krumbein opens at the Brandstater Gallery on Monday, January 13th.

 

Exhibition dates: January 13-30, 2013

Public reception: Monday, January 13, 2013, 6-8 p.m.

Public performance: Sunday, January 26, 2013, 2-3 p.m.

 

The Brandstater Gallery at La Sierra University is proud a mid-career retrospective of Colombian born artist and university art professor Beatriz Mejía-Krumbein titled 

Beatriz Mejía-Krumbein: I Am Still An Artist. Featuring drawings, paintings, videos, and three-dimensional works, this exhibition will explore Mejía-Krumbein’s commitment

to social action through the visual arts.  The exhibition will include representative examples from the artist’s most significant bodies of work as well as less-familiar and intimate

pieces, and is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue. 

Mejía-Krumbein was born in Colombia but lived in Mexico and Germany before immigrating to the U.S. in 1987. Since the mid-1990s, Mejía-Krumbein has produced

a body of figurative work that expresses a genuine concern for human rights and the need for solidarity amongst underrepresented communities. Her large-scale books,

mixed-media ‘paintings’, and assemblages express skepticism toward mandated behavior and question the actions of those who abuse power. The series of works in 

Black and White revealed the institutional violence and abuse she witnessed in her native Colombia—painted in a stark grey-scale. La Suite del Silencio (The Suite of Silence) 

investigated, through paintings and collages created on quilts pieced together from rags—the plight of women worldwide.  Using a form of figurative expressionism,

raw brushstrokes, and a variety of both traditional as well as unconventional materials, Mejía-Krumbein ‘speaks’ for those rendered voiceless. 

 

More recently, Mejía-Krumbein has returned to exploring her own life passages and experiences as a serial migrant through a series of video works and performances. 

Mi Tiempo, Mein Raum, My Map (My Time, My Space, My Map) is a tri-lingual performance piece through which the artist explores her journey as a migrant artist

through the individual relationships she formed throughout her various migrations. Mejía-Krumbein will perform the piece for the public

at the Brandstater Gallery on Sunday, January 26th at 2 p.m.

 

Beatriz Mejía-Krumbein: I am Still an Artist is curated by Gabriela Martínez, Curator of Education at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California

and organized by Tim Musso, Assistant Professor of Art at La Sierra University. 

 

Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein's work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of The Museum of Latin American Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art (Self-Help Graphics Archives),

the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Printmaking Archives, The Huntington Museum at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Museo de Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia

In 1997, Mejía-Krumbein accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Art at La Sierra University in Riverside, California. 

Since 2004, she has served as Chair of the Art Department and director of the Brandstater Gallery at La Sierra University.

Mejía-Krumbein will retire from her academic career in 2014 to further pursue her artistic endeavors.