A Conversation with Liz Hernández
Thursday, June 2, 6 p.m.
Effective Monday, May 30, 2022, SFMOMA requires masks in all indoor spaces for visitors age two and older. Masking will create a safer, more accessible environment for our community during this time.
This event is part of our First Thursdays programming, where admission to the museum is free for Bay Area residents.
Join artist Liz Hernández and Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art Jovanna Venegas for an in-gallery discussion of Hernández’s practice in front of her mural, Conjuro para la sanación de nuestro futuro (A spell for the healing of our future) (2020). Hernández completed this work while the museum was closed due to the pandemic, bringing forth symbols and icons from milagros, or miracle charms.
Liz Hernandez in front of her work Conjuro para la sanación de nuestro futuro (A spell for the healing of our future), 2020; commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, courtesy the artist; photo: Katherine Du Tiel, courtesy SFMOMA.
Join artist Liz Hernández and Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art Jovanna Venegas for an in-gallery discussion of Hernández’s practice in front of her mural, Conjuro para la sanación de nuestro futuro (A spell for the healing of our future) (2020), part of the ongoing exhibition Bay Area Walls. Hernández completed this work while the museum was closed due to the pandemic, bringing forth symbols and icons from milagros, or miracle charms, to summon a higher power for our community’s health and future.
This conversation will be spoken in both Spanish and English.
Liz Hernández (b. 1993) is a Mexico City-born artist based in Oakland, California. Her art practice — which includes painting, drawing, sculpture, and writing — is deeply influenced by her memories and surroundings of Mexico City: buildings covered with handmade signs, chaotic trips to markets, visits to temples and churches, and her grandmother’s house where she grew up. The subjects that she addresses are in a constant state of flux, but an element that is always present in her practice is the search for something that breaks the normalcy of everyday life. Hernández addresses this desire in multiple ways, from finding greater meaning in domestic objects and scenes to using supernatural elements and symbolism to address themes of modern life. Her work, partially autobiographical, has led to collaboration with her family in the shape of very personal research. This inquiry results in constant learning about her environment, family, and herself. She has exhibited in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Mexico City.
Jovanna Venegas is currently the assistant curator of contemporary art at SFMOMA. She received her BA in Art History from UCLA in 2010 and her MA in Curatorial Practice from the School of Visual Arts in 2017. She worked in the Public Programs Department at the Hammer Museum from 2008–10. From 2010–15, she lived in Mexico City and worked on exhibitions at House of Gaga, Colección Cesar Cervantes, and Eduardo Terrazas Studio. She also assisted on exhibitions at La Tallera (Cuernavaca, MX), Santa Monica Museum of Art (U.S.), and SITE Santa Fe (U.S.). While in New York, she worked on public programs and curatorial projects at e-flux, the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Independent Curators International, and the 11th Gwangju Biennial. At SFMOMA she has assisted on New Work: Etel Adnan, New Work: Rodney McMillian, and SOFT POWER. She curated Bay Area Walls: Liz Hernández and co-curated New Work: Wu Tsang Presents Moved by the Motion. She will co-curate Shifting the Silence, opening April 2022, and the SECA Art Award, opening in December 2022.