Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Rosemary Meza-DesPlas: La Tercera y Última: Miss Nalgas USA. The exhibition is on view May 4 to June 4, 2023. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (RSVP here.)The gallery is located on 56 Bogart Street in Brooklyn, NY, across the street from the Morgan Ave. L train stop.
Grounded in intersectional feminism, this gallery installation addresses socio-cultural issues of ageism, beauty standards, and identity. La Tercera y Última: Miss Nalgas USA translates to "The Third and Last: Miss Buttocks USA," referencing that this is Meza-DesPlas' third and final manifestation of the creative project Miss Nalgas USA.
Miss Nalgas USA 2022 began as a one-night performance artwork staged in Farmington, New Mexico, on November 12, 2022. This invented beauty pageant, conceived and executed by multidisciplinary artist Meza-DesPlas, focused on women over fifty and featured contestants vying for the honor of being Miss Nalgas USA 2022. Meza-DesPlas portrayed the character and pageant winner Miss Refried Rosi Frijoles.
Meza-DesPlas's humorous contemplation of the preferred figurative trait of the Latina, a bodacious booty, is inspired by the book From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture by Myra Mendible.
Subsequently, a video by the same title premiered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on December 3, 2022, as the project's second manifestation. A video screening of Miss Nalgas USA 2022 will be held on Saturday, May 6th at 12:30 p.m. at the gallery, followed by a Q & A with the artist. (RSVP here.)
Meza-DesPlas translated her satirical performance artwork into this multimedia installation at Amos Eno Gallery that includes performance documentation, upcycled costumes, soft sculptures, and video art. The multimedia environment includes the installation The Invisible Woman Syndrome; the title is a reference to what happens to women over 50 in society.
Meza-DesPlas' work reflect the commodification of ethnicity and is influenced by Arlene Davila’s book Latinos Inc.: The Marketing and Making of a People.
Meza-DesPlas received a Latinx Artist Fellowship in 2022. Administered by the US Latinx Art Forum and funded by The Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation, this fellowship recognizes 15 of the most compelling Latinx visual artists working in the United States today. Meza-DesPlas' Fulcrum Fund grant financed the performance artwork Miss Nalgas USA 2022. This award, managed by 516 ARTS, was funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Rosemary Meza-DesPlas lives in Farmington, New Mexico. She earned a MFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art (Hoffberger School of Painting) and a BFA from the University of North Texas. Her artwork has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
For more information, please contact gallery director Ellen Sturm Niz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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