Columbia College Chicago

Among Tender Roots: Laura Anderson Barbata

January 15 to April 9, 2010 |  Curated by Melissa Potter

Best known for her series of collaborative community-directed projects, Laura Anderson Barbata’s work finds expression in the service of cultural exploration and group participation. Ms. Barbata works within a wide variety of cultures to create art that has great meaning and relevance for her collaborators. Among Tender Roots documents Barbata’s collaborations with communities through books, handmade paper, printworks, sculpture, video, installation, and photographs.

Ms. Barbata was born in Mexico City and currently divides her time between New York and Mexico. She has exhibited widely, having shown her work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, among many other locations.

A full color exhibition catalog featuring essays by Melissa Potter and Guillermo Santamarina was published on the occasion of the exhibition. 
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The exhibition and related events are presented by Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Interdisciplinary Arts, the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, and the Center for Book and Paper Arts, and supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Rubin Visiting Artist Awards, IDEA/Fundación Instituto de Estudios Avanzados, and Arte Y Vida Chicago