An exhibition of photography, installation, painting, and performance, María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold spans the nearly four-decade career of the artist, who was born in Matanzas, Cuba, in 1959. The first survey of Campos-Pons’s work since 2007, Behold highlights the artist’s exploration of connections between historical and present-day challenges. Her work draws from her own memories and her family’s story to examine the histories of enslavement, indentured labor, motherhood, migration, and race in imagery of profound beauty and emotional depth. Centering on Yoruba-derived Santería symbolism of her native Cuba, her work also reflects her experiences living in Boston, Cuba, Italy, and Nashville, her current city of residence, where she is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair Professor of Fine Arts at Vanderbilt University.

In addition to her practice as an artist, Campos-Pons has made a significant contribution to the larger art world and to Tennessee through her ongoing program Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice, which brings scholars, critics, and artists from around the world together in virtual seminars and physical artist interventions. Campos-Pons was also the consulting curator for the 2023 Tennessee Triennial, a statewide series of exhibitions addressing the theme of “RE-PAIR”—art as a means of healing a broken society. 

María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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