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NATURE/NURTURE


"I was born into a household that both challenged and upheld gender archetypes. This simultaneity created a fluid identity in my creative perspective that has moved me to engage with a wide spectrum of narrative embodiments from the sexually untethered and universal to the absolutely feminine. I am human, I am Puerto Rican, I am a woman. Each of these breaks into a thousand fractals that create the prism through which my work comes into the world. - Cristina Córdova

Cristina Córdova presents new works in Nature/Nurture, a group exhibition of twelve contemporary female artists invited to explore the influence of gender and its impact on their practice.

This timely exhibition explores these ideas that range from direct interpretations of the natural world to more abstract notions, such as the construction of gender and the endowed role of women within their personal and professional careers. Works in clay range in form from individual vessels to composed still lifes and figural and abstract sculpture.

Gallery director Leslie Ferrin invited artists whose works and careers provide a range of diverse perspectives related to age, cultural identity and work being done in contemporary ceramics. Considering the impact that the #MeToo movement is having on all professions, Ferrin asked the artists to pause and reflect on the role gender plays in their artistic practice and to consider the nurturing experiences that have shaped them.

The gallery is open by appointment until MASS MoCA resumes public hours.
Reception and FORERFONT2020 symposium postponed due to Covid-19.

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CRAFT IN AMERICA
Cristina Córdova is featured in IDENTITY
the most recent episode of Craft in America's PBS Documentary Series.

PRESS | New York Times
 
"For a real dose of hard-core PBS-ness, go for “Finding Your Roots” and “Craft in America,” and remember that even though some of the episodes sound boring, none are. There’s also something so triumphant baked into both shows, reminders that human suffering and cruelty and ignorance are not new, but neither are compassion, solidarity and hope." -  Margaret Lyons in the New York Times

Cristina Córdova featured in Craft in America episode’s most recent episode of Craft in America's PBS Documentary Series, IDENTITY.


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EXHIBITION | IDENTITY: 4 VOICES
Craft in America Center presents an exhibition by four artists who explore issues of gender, race, culture, and place, offering true expressions of their experience in this world. Cristina Córdova, Wendy Maruyama, Cara Romero, and Diego Romero draw upon their heritages and identities as makers to translate their experiences into fine art.

All four artists were featured in Craft in America episode’s most recent episode of Craft in America's PBS Documentary Series, IDENTITY.


Left: Cabeza V, 2018, 24.5 x 30.5 x 8″.
Photo credit John Polak.
IN THE MUSEUMS | ABOUT FACE
Cristina CórdovaDame Flores on view with works by Gerit Grimm, Sergei Isupov and Rudy Autio

ABOUT FACE


ABOUT FACE: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture explores the lineage and influence between the revolutionary first generation of artists working in the figural genre and contemporary artists. The exhibition, curated by Jennifer Jankauskus, investigates how history and place inform the work of contemporary ceramists bringing approximately 44 objects by 30 emerging, mid-career, and master artists from around the nation who work within a narrative figurative clay tradition. Creating both sculptural and relief objects, from busts to full figures, the artists all highlight the human form as a way to explore issues relating to the body, to various cultural ties, and to ideas of the female/male gaze.
 
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CATALOG
ABOUT FACE: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture

This catalog features a foreword by Director Angie Dodson and two essays: one by Glenn Adamson, expert in craft, ceramic, and contemporary art, and one by MMFA Curator of Art Jennifer Jankauskas, Ph.D. The exhibition catalog also includes color photography of select works in the exhibition. Publication Date: January 2019. Fully illustrated 88 pages
 
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THE HEAD IN CLAY: Cristina Córdova
The course takes you step by step to help you navigate the structure and surface of the head through detailed demos, patterns and diagrams that simplify the complicated dynamics of the human form. It is designed to meet you at any level.

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ARTSY
ARTSY: NATURE/NURTURE
Explore our exhibition online on ARTSY and read the editorials in honor of Women’s History Month.

What Museums Are Doing to Collect More Work by Women Artists
by Claire Voon

Women Artists Deserve Attention
by Artsy editors

Click HERE to see Ferrin Contemporary on ARTSY.

 

ABOUT CRISTINA CÓRDOVA

(b. 1976, Boston, MA, lives and works in Penland, NC)

Native to Puerto Rico, Cristina Córdova creates figurative compositions that explore the boundary between the materiality of an object and our involuntary dialogues with the self-referential. Images captured through the lens of a Latin American upbringing question socio-cultural notions of gender, race, beauty, and power.  Córdova has received numerous grants including the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Grant, a Virginia Groot Foundation Recognition Grant, several International Association of Art Critics of Puerto Rico awards, and a prestigious United States Artist Fellowship award in 2015.

Córdova has had solo exhibitions at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, (Alfred, NY), and her work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, (Washington, DC), Colección Acosta de San Juan Puerto Rico, (San Juan, PR), the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, (Charlotte, NC), and Museum of Contemporary Art, (San Juan, PR). In 1998, Córdova completed her BA at the University of Puerto Rico, and she received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2002. Córdova is represented by Ferrin Contemporary.

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