COMING TO CMA: Raúl de Nieves’ ‘Fina’
Raúl de Nieves: Fina, the first solo museum exhibition by Raúl de Nieves (b.
1983, Michoacán, México), will feature new work in a
site-specific installation developed for the Cleveland Museum
of Art at the Transformer Station.
facets of the installation will be informed by de Nieves’s
experience of Mexican cultural traditions, considered through
the lens of this moment in history. These will unfold in
relation to the particular architecture of the Transformer
Station. As a whole, the installation will be characterized by
the artist’s ongoing interest in transforming humble materials
into spectacular objects that alter the spaces around them.
Mr. De Nieves, who lives in New York, traces his artistic
practice back to his childhood in México: at school and
alongside family members, he learned traditional Latin American
sewing and beadwork that now permeate his art in multiple ways.
At the age of
nine de Nieves immigrated to San Diego with his mother and two
brothers. Later he moved to San Francisco and finally to New
York, where his multimedia practice, including painting,
sculpture, and performance, has taken shape.
De Nieves has
presented solo projects and performances at The Kitchen and the
Watermill Center, New York (both 2017), and the Institute of
Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2016). He has participated in
major contemporary art surveys, including Documenta 14 (2018),
the 2017 Whitney Biennial, and
Greater New York at MoMA/PS1 (2015). His work is
part of the Swiss Institute for Contemporary Art’s inaugural
exhibition in its new building that opened in New York in summer
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1460 West 29 St., Cleveland, OH 44113.
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Editor’s Note: The Cleveland Museum of Art is supported in part
by Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and made possible in part by state tax
dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts
Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports
quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities
culturally, educationally, and economically.
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