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Artist Nicole Marroquin's exhibit With Care pairs ceramic pieces, including a work called Bogus in the foreground, with brightly colored paintings. Photos by Austin Thomason/Michigan Photography

Artist Nicole Marroquin’s installation in the Institute for the Humanities gallery is called With Care, and in the words of gallery curator Amanda Krugliak, it “brings to light the real commitment that care requires.” 

For interdisciplinary artist and librarian Marroquin, care includes bravery, community, and honoring artistic elders who laid the path before us. Marroquin’s ceramic sculptures evoke pre-Hispanic masks, and her cheeky, saturated prints engage in a vibrant dialogue with the photography of a personal hero of hers, Diana Solís, whose work documents a quarter-century of queer and Latinx movements in Chicago and Mexico City. 

When Marroquin encountered Solís’s work for the first time and was entrusted to its care, she found a teacher, a friend, and what she calls “a portal” into the kind of artwork that she yearned to make. 


Amanda Krugliak, arts curator and assistant director of arts programming at the Institute for the Humanities, discusses some of the artwork displayed at the institute’s gallery. The images are from the archive of photographer and activist Diana Solís, whose photography reflects more than 25 years of transnational Chicana and lesbian organizing, primarily in Chicago and Mexico City between 1975 and 1990. 
Nicole Marroquin’s installation With Care was created for the Institute for the Humanities Gallery. It presents the documentary photographs of influential Mexican-born artist, teacher, and friend Diana Solís in visual dialogue with Marroquin’s creative work.


Learn more in this video of Marroquin’s Penny Stamps Speaker Series talk.



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Release Date: 05/01/2023
Tags: LSA; Institute for the Humanities; LSA Magazine; Humanities