New Exhibit at Denver Art Museum: Mi Tierra


Briana Beebe, Herald Reporter

Mi tierra translates to “my homeland,” and this is exactly what the artists of the new exhibit express. Influenced by their Latino culture, thirteen different artists find ways to show the difficulties and beauties in their experiences with America.

Even before walking through the glass doors, visitors could see how abstract the art was. Blocks of cement connected to pipes, long ropes and rainbow tissue paper covering walls are just some examples of the multimedia art included in the collection.

“Uprooted” by Daniela Edburg tells the story of “displacement and adaption,” using seven materials that show up in Colorado’s landscape to represent the journey of migration and change through time. What appeared to be yellow rope snaked up the wall beside a collection of portraits. Also included was a fabricated wall, a dresser, and several shaggy rugs on the floor.

One titled “Live/Work” by Carmen Argote was an intriguing work of art that consisted of a screen divider with several pictures, quotes, and messages attached. This divider was the one that seperated Argote’s work from his home life. His description of this work helped show the layers of culture added to the piece.

Mi Tierra was a gorgeous exhibit with many thought-provoking topics. There was definitely a lot to look at, and everything had an important symbol to the artist. Denver Art Museum did a great job portraying the stories and hardships of people coming from a different culture, while trying to belong in American culture. Experiences are what drive the art, and these pieces can really help alter perspective on controversial topics.

This exhibit is for anyone interested in contemporary art! After all, it is called, “Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place.”