Amon Carter assistant curator Maggie Adler and local contemporary artist Benito Huerta have joined forces in an exhibition of Huerta’s drawings, watercolors, and prints in combination with a selection of works on paper from the museum. Fresh Perspectives: Benito Huerta and the Collection brings a new voice to the interpretation of our collection and introduces audiences to the contradictions and convergences between our historic works on paper and the work of a contemporary artist. In organizing Fresh Perspectives, Adler first chose works from the artist’s oeuvre and in turn, Huerta responded by choosing works that spoke to him from the vaults of the Amon Carter.
With images appropriated from popular culture and art history, Huerta’s art addresses politics, money, war, the environment, and Mexican culture. He adds a critical eye to his role as co-curator, combing through our collection to pick works often overlooked or that he has reinterpreted using an artist’s perspective.
This exhibition coincides with the Amon Carter’s Atrium installation of Huerta’s large-scale painting Axis Mundi v. 2.