Ana Maria Hernando

Ana María Hernando, Argentinian-American (b. 1959), detail from Un Río de Cantos Blancos (A River of White Songs), 2014, embroidered and crocheted fabric, acrylic gel, paper, wool, glass and resin 125” x 70” x 165”, approximately. Site specific installation at Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, TX. Photo © and courtesy the artist.

Ana Maria Hernando

Ana María Hernando, Argentinian-American (b. 1959), Antes de que el sol vuelva (Before the sun comes back), 2015, Pins, cotton yarn, thread, fabric embroidered by the Carmelite cloistered nuns of the Monastery of Santa Teresa de Jesus in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and their families, 60" x 60" x 2.5". Photo courtesy Robert Kittila. © the artist.

Ana Maria Hernando: We Have Flowers

June 24 - October 22, 2016

This exhibition features new works in which Ana Maria Hernando contemplates the duality of the nocturnal life of flowers and their daytime existence. The exhibition expands upon Hernando’s repeated use of flower and circle imagery in her performances, poetry, drawings, collages, sculptures and large-scale installations. 

During Hernando’s productive career, which spans more than 25 years, she has touched the lives of many people—from the communities of women she collaborates with to fabricate artwork, to the audiences immersed in the sensual colors, fabrics and words of her art. Hernando is drawn to communities in which women live and labor together— for example, villagers in the Peruvian mountains where she buys petticoats and Carmelite cloistered nuns in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Memories of her childhood in Buenos Aires include her elders sharing stories while performing repetitive tasks of domestic labor—sewing, washing, ironing, folding—that always resulted in their work being undone through daily use. In her work, Hernando pays homage to these jobs performed with love that are often invisible, and mostly taken for granted, by representing them with a poetic sensibility grounded in devotion and respect.     

This exhibition is generously supported by CU-Boulder Student Arts and Cultural Enrichment fees, and CU Art Museum members.

The exhibition catalog is generously supported by Mark and Polly Addison, Mardi and Brown Cannon, Mary Caulkins and Karl Kister, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Joanne and Ron Katz, Martha Records and Rich Rainaldi, Jim Robischon and Jennifer Doran of Robischon Gallery, and Bud and Barbara Shark.

View images of the exhibition installation here.