TalkAbout | A Trajectory of Grief

Sat Jun 29, 2024

Join us for a conversation in the gallery with exhibiting artist Monica Martinez-Diaz and Associate Curator of Latino Art at the Blanton,  Claudia Zapata who will discuss some of the many themes addressed in Martinez-Diaz’s exhibition, A Trajectory of Grief.

TalkAbout is a program that facilitates thought provoking conversations with artists and the people who inspire them. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP strongly encouraged. 


Claudia E. Zapata (they/them) earned their Ph.D. in art history at Southern Methodist University’s RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art, Space, and Culture program. Their dissertation is titled “Chicano Art is Not Dead: The Politics of Curating Chicano Art in Major U.S. Exhibitions, 2008-2012.” They received their BA and MA in art history from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in Maya art from the Classic period (250-900 CE). Their research interests include curatorial methodologies of identity-based exhibitions, Chicanx and Latinx art, digital humanities, BIPOC zines, and designer toys. Zapata was the curator of exhibitions and programs at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin. They curated several Texas exhibitions, including A Viva Voz: Carmen Lomas Garza (2009), Sam Coronado: A Retrospective (2011), and Fantastic & Grotesque: José Clemente Orozco in Print (2014). From 2018-2022, Claudia was the curatorial assistant of Latinx art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, working on the award-winning exhibition, ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965-Now.

Monica Martinez-Diaz (she/her) holds an MFA from New Mexico State University. Her work centers on personal narratives that reflect her family and hometown, Ciudad Juárez. Functioning as both a visual and biographical representation, her images explore the inherited complexities inherent to the MX-US border territory and her upbringing in such an ambivalent environment. Ciudad Juárez embodies a duality of dreams and nightmares, beauty and terror, stability and chaos, decay and growth.