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Reframing Comunidad The Art of Ester Hernandez and Shizu Saldamando

September 10, 2021 – February 6, 2022 Rubin & Paula Torres Gallery
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(Detail) Ester Hernández, La Virgen de las calles (Virgin of the Streets), 2001 , pastel on paper, NMMA Permanent Collection 2015.671, Gift of Sandra Cisneros Collection. Photo: Michael Tropea

Ester Hernández and Shizu Saldamando share a deep commitment to creating portraits. Utilizing paper, canvas, wood panel and cloth, they create sensitive drawings and paintings of a cross-section of people. Some portraits are intimate tributes to family members and friends. Others serve as social statements that bring visibility to invisible community and neighborhood residents. The exhibition provides a survey of their art across decades and from different cities, including recent portraits of each other never before exhibited. 



Ester Hernandez and Shizu Saldamando



Terezita Romo



National Museum of Mexican Art


All images below are a glimpse into the exhibition for those who could not attend in person. Photo credit: Michael Tropea.

Exhibition Highlights


National Endowment for the Arts
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago Park District
The Joyce Foundation
Illinois Arts Council a State Agency