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Online Artist Talk
Mercedes Dorame, Collaborations with the Landscape
Thursday, August 20, 11:00am-12:00pm
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Please join artist and educator, Mercedes Dorame, as she discusses the intersection of landscape imagery and cultural construction. She will focus on her most recent landscape work and talk about her process, ideas, and experiences that infuse the work, as well as the idea that the images are collaborations with the landscape. Dorame is also a cultural consultant for her tribe (the Gabrielino-Tongva tribe) and will touch upon that work and the experiences with archeology that go with it. She’s always interested in ideas of connection between history, present cultural expressions, and envisioning the future, and how to simultaneously see those at the same time.

Mercedes Dorame, born in Los Angeles, California, received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and her undergraduate degree from UCLA. She calls on her Tongva ancestry to engage the problematics of (in)visibility and ideas of cultural construction.

Dorame recently received a Creative Capital Award and her work is part of the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Triton Museum, The Allen Memorial Art Museum, The de Saisset Museum, The Montblanc Foundation Collection, and The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from: the Montblanc Art Commission, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Loop Artist Residency, the James Phelan Award for California born visual artists, En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards program, Galería de la Raza, for her solo exhibition there, the Harpo Foundation for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and from the Photography Department at the San Francisco Art Institute for her MFA Studies.

She was recently honored by UCLA as an outstanding alum of the last 100 years as part of their centennial initiative “UCLA: Our Stories Our Impact”, and was part of the Hammer Museum’s biennial Made in LA 2018. She has shown her work internationally.  Her writing has been featured in News From Native California and 580 Split and her artwork has been highlighted by PBS Newshour, Artforum, KCET Artbound, the New York Times, Art in America, Hyperallergic, KQED, Artsy, ARTnews, the Los Angeles Times, the SF Chronicle, among others.

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