Join us for an artist talk with Lina Puerta about her exhibit that accompanies Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love. Puerta uses her artwork to explore the often overlooked social and cultural impacts of the American food system, and humans’ increasingly distant connections to the natural sources of our food, in a gallery display entitled Accumulated Wisdom.
About the Artist
Lina Puerta, MSEd, is a Colombian-American artist whose work examining the relationship between nature and the body has been exhibited internationally. In her Latino Farmworkers of the U.S. Tapestry Series, Puerta celebrates the Latinx farm laborers who cultivate and tend commercial crops throughout much of the U.S.—making visible the hidden labor and humanity of often unseen essential workers and attempting to counter abuse, negligence, and injustice toward Latinx laborers and nature itself.
Her work has been exhibited at the Ford Foundation Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, Wave Hill, and Geary Contemporary in New York City; 21C Museum Hotels in Louisville, Ky., and Bentonville, Ark.; and Pi Artworks in London. Puerta has held artist residencies at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling in Harlem, Lower East Side Printshop, Smack Mellon Art Studio Program, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City, and the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.