A Peculiar Proximity to Spiritual Mysteries
Now through December 5, 2020
A Peculiar Proximity to Spiritual Mysteries showcases various key contemporary works from the permanent collection of the Zuckerman
Museum of Art. Curated by artist Pablo Helguera and Ginger Wolfe-Suarez, this experimental
exhibition draws on many rare works of art as well as some that have never been exhibited.
The exhibition features alternative methods of display, supplementary learning experiences,
and sound recordings. Preparation for this exhibition included research and curatorial
assistance by Michelle Lopez, registrar/collections manager, as well as collective
dialogue and collaboration with the ZMA staff.
The curators initially researched artists of diverse cultural backgrounds in the permanent
collection of the ZMA and then chose artists to highlight. The highlighted artists
employ a range of techniques to explore issues of identity, race, and cultural origin.
They often reference geography, translocation, cultural traditions, translation, political
history, and collective memory. Language and storytelling are also common threads
woven throughout the exhibition.
Issues explored by these artists regarding race, place, and migration continue to
be pressing for museums and institutions around the world. Artists include Tia Blassingame,
Mildred Beltre, Canute Caliste, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Frederick Schiller Cozzens,
Jesus De La Rosa, Ruthann Godollei, Sheila Goloborotko, Rogelio Gutierrez, Antonio
Jacobsen, Eddy A. López, Athos Menaboni, Ayanah Moor, Michelle Murillo, Grace Rosario
Perkins, Robert Sherer, Bernice Sims, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Keith Smith, and Henry
Image: Mildred Beltre, Sanford, FL 2/26/12; Dearborn Heights, MI 12/2/13, 2014, From the portfolio, On Message, Ink on paper, woodcut and silkscreen. Gift
of the artist. Courtesy the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art.