Dallas, TX—May 11, 2018—The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) presents Fine Lands, the first solo US museum presentation of the work of Minerva Cuevas (b. 1975, Mexico City). This immersive mural fills both the walls and the ceiling of the Museum’s main thoroughfare. Cuevas is a socially engaged conceptual artist who responds to political events in a variety of media. In past works, she has adopted the language of corporate branding and advertising campaigns; here she has turned to graphic imagery in the style of comic books to create a sweeping tableau of both real and imagined histories.
Engaging directly with the history of Dallas, Fine Lands is a panorama of the city told from the perspective of indigenous wildlife. Merging industrial and natural landscapes, the work encompasses themes as diverse as the militarization of civilian culture, pollution, and migration. She exposes how such cultural shifts are a result of our estrangement from nature. In this way, Cuevas explores how industry has shaped both the environment and the collective imagination of Texas. The work points toward the looming future, which may be uncertain, but is ours to impact.
On view through September 3, 2018, Fine Lands is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The presentation is made possible by TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Fund and by the Contemporary Art Initiative. The exhibition is included in free general admission. The exhibition is curated by Anna Katherine Brodbeck, the Nancy and Tim Hanley Associate Curator of Contemporary Art.
Image: In progress installation view of Minerva Cuevas, Fine Lands, 2018; Photo courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.
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