This fall, the Paul J. Cushing Library hosts a special retrospective exhibition of the art of Martivón Galindo, PhD, HNU professor of Latin American and Latino/a Studies. Sharing My Inner Space: 32 Years of Art was curated by Rick Patrick, HNU professor of art, and includes paintings and prints taken from Professor Galindo’s three decades of art-making.
A reception was held in the library on October 13 to introduce the exhibition and honor Professor Galindo’s work. Patrick spoke at the start of the event and revealed that he found his role of curator challenging because of the embarrassment of riches contained in Professor Galindo’s oeuvre. “The volume of work that she has put out, over these 32 years, is impressive by any standard—all of it of exceptional quality, so it’s not an easy task,” Patrick said. “This is really a fine compilation of work.”
Following Patrick’s introduction, Professor Galindo gave an overview of her art career and discussed individual works. “Art has been a beautiful pathway for self-searching, for communication, and healing,” she said. “And also enjoying this journey of life. It has imbued magic and wildness in my spirit. It has let me understand what I already knew, but it has also closed distances and allowed me to travel to infinite universes. This is the power of art that I humbly acknowledge.”
Professor Galindo divided her body of work into six different phases, which she labeled as: The Wrathful Years (1984-1990), Re-surfacing Memories Through Printmaking (1991-1994), Sharing the Common Past (1995-2000), Traveling Within and Abroad (2001-2007), Coming Back to Nature and My Country Land (2008-2011), and The Playing Years (2012-2016).
At the end of her talk, Professor Galindo reflected on her experience of art-making and how it has affected her. “I am very grateful to life for giving me these 32 years of enjoyment—of communicating and of healing my own self through the beauty and the power of art,” she said.