Traveling Minds, a site-specific installation by Victoria Martinez


Traveling Minds

a site-specific installation by Victoria Martinez

March 25  – April 22, 2016, located in the National Museum of Mexican Art's East Lot. 

Co-Sponsored by Urban Gateways through the Julie Reynolds Shaw Memorial Fund

The large-scale, fiber installation consists of a wooden structure, tarp, and parachute fabric that will be sewn, painted, and woven at Benito Juarez High School by students and Victoria Martinez (b. 1987). The project will be installed on East Lot of the National Museum of Mexican Art and be up during the Latino Art Now Conference taking place April 7th through the 9th.  Martinez has a relationship with National Museum of Mexican Art, having grown up in the Pilsen community, where her artistic career first found its footing. Her vast experiences having taught classes for Yollocalli Arts Reach, and Urban Gateways, exhibiting, participating in artist talks, and presenting her teaching artist approach at the National Museum of Mexican Art makes the Museum the perfect spot for her Traveling Minds program to lay down roots.
Students were selected through a process in which they were recommended by teachers or invited to write a paragraph expressing ambitions and visions about their perception of the community they live in and what their goals are in order to better the community’s environment. With Martinez, students take walking field trips around their school, Harrison Park and down 18th Street to collect found objects that will be transformed and painted into patterns onto fabric. The patterns will relate to the ‘make do’ concept of creating art with overlooked items such as newspaper scraps, torn piñatas, parade streamers, and shoe laces. They will visit the Saturdays quilt collective at National Museum of Mexican Art during the project to critique the in-progress images of the piece. 

Click here to learn more about the Traveling Minds program by visiting the Urban Gateways blog.

2015 maquette for Traveling Minds

Friday, March 25, 2016 to Friday, April 22, 2016