Artist Mark Menjivar, who was featured in CAMH’s Walls Turned Sideways exhibition, discusses how he is moving from a PAUSE to a SHIFT in his art practice due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Menjivar had nine exhibitions/talks/residencies postponed and he shares how he has made adjustments to continue sharing his work. Menjivar will also share how he is talking with his family about the murder of George Floyd and the risograph poster project that grew out of those discussions.
About the Series
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we’re doing everything we can to flatten the curve — but even though the museum is closed, and we’re working from home, we still talk to artists around the world every day. Here in Houston, in Italy, in China, in San Francisco … artists, like all of us, are weathering the coronavirus personally and professionally.
We will bring these conversations with artists — wherever they are — to wherever you are.
About Mark Menjivar
Mark Menjivar is a San Antonio, Texas based artist and Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University (San Marcos, Texas). His work explores diverse subjects through photography, archives, oral history, and objects. He holds a BA in Social Work from Baylor University (Waco, Texas) and an MFA in Social Practice from Portland State University (Oregon).
He has engaged in projects at venues including the Rothko Chapel (Houston, Texas), the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, Nebraska), The Houston Center for Photography, The San Antonio Museum of Art, The Puerto Rican Museum of Art and Culture (Chicago, Illinois), Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum (San Antonio) and the Krannert Art Museum (Champaign, Illinois).
Menjivar’s work has been featured by Artforum, TED, NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Gastronomica, National Geographic, Orion Magazine, GUP Magazine and more.
Menjivar is the artist-in-residence with the Texas After Violence Project which uses oral history and archives to create dialogue and action around capital punishment in Texas. He is also a member of Borderland Collective, which utilizes collaborations between artists, educators, youth, and community members to engage complex issues and build space for diverse perspectives, meaningful dialogue, and modes of creation around border issues.
He was also named a 2019 Mid-America Arts Alliance Interchange Fellow. This program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports socially engaged artists making an impact in their communities.