Laura Anderson Barbata: Transcommunality at Newcomb Art Museum, New Orleans

By August 14, 2021
Laura Anderson Barbata with Don José Mendoza (stilts), Jesús Sosa Calvo, and Juana Ortega Fuentes (artisans), Masks / Mascaras, 2012; carved and painted wood; created using the traditional alebrije techniques from San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artists.
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Laura Anderson Barbata with Don José Mendoza (stilts), Beto Ruiz (artisan), and Remigio Mestas (textiles), Exhibition detail of Transcommunality, 2021. Courtesy the artists.
Laura Anderson Barbata et al., Exhibition detail of Transcommunality, 2021. Courtesy the artists.

Transcommunality focuses on five collaborations that Laura Anderson Barbata has made across the Americas and presents them together for the first time. Though varying in process, tradition, and message – each of these collaborative projects emphasizes Anderson Barbata’s understanding of art as a system of shared practical actions that has the capacity to increase communication around topics of cultural diversity and to create sites of human connection or belonging. 

Transcommunality offers a space to contemplate ritual, folklore and impact of the natural environment on culture. It equally centers oral histories and the interdisciplinary academic thought that shapes Anderson Barbata’s engaging creations. 

from the exhibition text

Laura Anderson Barbata et al., Exhibition detail of Transcommunality, 2021. Courtesy the artist.
Laura Anderson Barbata, Little Jaguar, 2015; hand-woven indigo-dyed cotton textile by Habibou Coulibaly, courtesy of L ́Aviva Home; indigo-dyed cotton by Hannah
Bennett, courtesy of University of Wisconsin, Madison; plastic, fabric-maché, sisal rope, t-shirt, brass bells and leather, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.
Laura Anderson Barbata et al., Exhibition detail of Transcommunality, 2021. Courtesy the artist.
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Laura Anderson Barbata et al., Exhibition detail of Transcommunality, 2021. Courtesy the artist.
Laura Anderson Barbata et al., Exhibition detail of Transcommunality, 2021. Courtesy Laura Anderson Barbata and Frank Veronsky.
Laura Anderson Barbata, El Señor de Aztlán / The Lord of Aztlán, 2008; recycled textiles courtesy of Victor Group, CDs, thread, yarn, fiberglass, aluminum,
polycarbonate, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.
Laura Anderson Barbata (concept, sewing and assembly) with Martín Melchor (alebrije), Paula Sánchez, and Florencio Fuentes (puppies), Dog Alebrije / Mama con perritos, 2011 – 2012; carved and painted wood, various cotton fabrics, thread bracelet from San Juan Chamula, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artists.
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Laura Anderson Barbata et al., Exhibition detail of Transcommunality, 2021. Courtesy the artists.
Laura Anderson Barbata with the Moko Jumbie Keylemanjahro School of Arts and Culture and Ronald Guy James, Queen Nyame / Reina Nyame, 2005-2007; various textiles, cotton fabric, wood, cane, fiberglass rods, mesh, decorative trim, mirrors, paper mâché, paint, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artists.
Laura Anderson Barbata, Julia Pastrana thinking of Daphne / Julia Pastrana pensando en Daphne, 2010; recycled textiles courtesy of Victor Group, silk, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.

Laura Anderson Barbata: Transcommunality is on view at the Newcomb Art Museum in New Orleans through October 2, 2021.

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