Five Minutes, Five Questions Artist Lina Puerta

Posted: February 4, 2018 at 1 a.m.

Courtesy photo Lina Puerta (Colombian-American), Chili Pepper Crop Picker, 2017
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Courtesy photo Lina Puerta (Colombian-American), Chili Pepper Crop Picker, 2017

The 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville has a new exhibition on display exploring the evolution of work and industry in the 21st century. "Labor&Materials" opened Jan. 25 and examines technological innovation through the varied mediums of artists contemplating commerce and consumption, access to goods and jobs, and information and infrastructure. One of the exhibition's featured artists, Lina Puerta, is a Colombian-American sculptor whose creations center around the often invisible or overlooked Latinx workers who are paramount to the food system in the United States. Puerta took some time to answer a few questions for What's Up! ahead of her visit to Bentonville, where she will join 21c chief curator Alice Gray Stites and filmmaker Ava Lowery Feb. 8 for a discussion on the contributions and impact of the Latinx depicted in her works.

FAQ

‘Labor&Materials’

WHEN — On display through November

WHERE — 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville

COST — Free

INFO — 286-6500, 21cmuseumhotels.com

FYI — Artist Lina Puerta, 21c chief curator Alice Gray Stites and filmmaker Ava Lowery will host a free discussion on the contributions and impact of the Latinx worker on the foodways of the American South at the museum at 7 p.m. Feb. 8.

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