Exhibition Closing Event: Screening and Reception

Exhibition Closing Event: Screening and Reception

MARCH 5, 2022 7:00 PM

Join us for an evening celebrating the closing of were-:Nenetech Forms, featuring an outdoor screening of artist Chico MacMurtrie’s Border Crossers film in-progress. The film documents MacMurtrie’s inflatable “Border Crosser” sculptures, conceived by the artist as metaphors for the dream of reconnecting across borders. These robotic sculptures are the central characters in a documentary plot that illuminates communities and landscapes often obscured by the rhetoric of border politics. At once vulnerable and resilient, fragile and driven, alone and buoyed by community support, the “Border Crossers” encounter a variety of people, machines, and plant and animal life on their quest to robotically rise and arch over the U.S.–Mexico border from both sides.

The screening is followed by artists in conversation, with Chico MacMurtrie, rafa esparza, and Timo Fahler, and a closing reception on the plaza. Don’t miss out on a last chance to view were-:Nenetech Forms before it closes on March 13th!

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Image credit: Chico MacMurtrie, still from Border Crossers, 2022. Photograph by Nina Titovets.


The Border Crossers project has received significant financial support from the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, The University of Texas at El Paso, The Texas Commission on the Arts, UTEP College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office, Department of Art and EASSI Interdisciplinary Team with special thanks to Angel Cabrales, Sculpture Faculty, Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Department of Art, and his students: Martin Acosta, Ivan Esparza, Elizabeth Flores, Jill Font, Kastel Pintado, and Stepahnie Ruiz. Additional funding provided by BEEP { collection;}, the Guggenheim Fellowship, MAPfund, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Andy Warhol Foundation.

were-:Nenetech Forms is co-organized by artists rafa esparza, Timo Fahler, and Curator-at-Large Laura Copelin with support from Assistant Curator Alexis Wilkinson.

Generous support for the exhibition is provided by the University of Arizona School of Art and Arizona Arts, The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation, VIA Art Fund and Wagner Foundation, and Arizona Humanities.