september, 2019

This is a repeating event

13sep(sep 13)6:00 pm03nov(nov 3)10:00 pmReclaiming our Grandmothers


Event Details

Artistry is pleased to announce Reclaiming our Grandmothers, an art exhibition featuring the work of Minneapolis artist, Zamara Cuyún. The exhibition will take place in the Atrium Gallery and runs September 13 – November 3, 2019. There will be an opening reception on Friday, September 13, 6 – 8 p.m.
Most accounts of Maya history and cosmology produced over the past 500+ years come from non-Indigenous sources. In contemporary society, Indigenous women – brown and female, are often objectified, romanticized, hyper-sexualized, and de-humanized. These seemingly harmless stereotypes produce devastating consequences including alarming rates of abuse, rape, disappearance, murder, self-harm, and suicide plaguing Indigenous women and girls.
Local artist, Zamara Cuyún combats these injustices with painted visual stories that re-imagine new systems of understanding and healing for Indigenous womanhood and identity. Using elements of Guatemalan Maya history, ideology, myth, and iconography, Cuyún presents a world that is at times vibrant, colorful, and dreamlike while at other times restless, violent, and unsettling.
About the Artist:
Zamara Cuyún is, for better or worse, a product of colonization, with Indigenous roots in Guatemala – born and raised in Minneapolis.  A self-taught, “Gringindia” artist of de-indigenized Highland Maya ancestry, she works in acrylics, using elements of Guatemalan Maya history, ideology, myth, and iconography – sometimes to explore and create a vibrant, colorful, imaginary dream universe and, at other times, to represent the restless, violent, and unsettling world we are often forced to inhabit.  The themes that inspire her work and to which she is drawn back to, time and again, include Indigenous identity (her own, as well as that represented in Guatemalan society), the history of colonization and resistance, the persecution and genocide of Indigenous populations, and the call for social justice, reconciliation, revitalization, and decolonization and the central role and strength of women in this process.
Gallery Location and Hours: The Atrium Gallery is located on the second floor of the Bloomington Center for the Arts at 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington, MN. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. There is no admission fee.

About Artistry: Artistry is a producing theater and visual arts nonprofit serving a regional audience of more than 82,000 people through stage productions, exhibitions, lifelong arts learning, and arts-centered community development. In pursuit of artistic excellence, we engage our region’s most talented artists in work that welcomes and develops audiences and opens hearts and minds.
Reclaiming our Grandmothers
Artist: Zamara Cuyún
Atrium Gallery
September 13 – November 3, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, September 13, 6-8 p.m.


September 13 (Friday) 6:00 pm - November 3 (Sunday) 10:00 pm CST


Artistry at Bloomington Center for the Arts

1800 W Old Shakopee Rd Bloomington, MN 55431