Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly,The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami,2018

work by Rodolfo Marron III

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami will present the group exhibition Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly from May 24 – Aug. 5, 2018. Curated by Risa Puleo, the exhibition features the works of 37 artists who are native to the Americas separated into conceptual categories including indigenous, immigrant and assimilated.

by Sarah Zapata
by Sarah Zapata
The exhibition focuses on the monarch, the only butterfly that migrates in two directions, as a geographic range and a metaphor. Monarchs (specifically those of eastern North American) fly from southern Canada through the Midwest on their way to Michoacán, Mexico and back.


This survey of artists from or living in the path of the monarch brings to life the Dakota Access Pipeline and the call to build a wall in Mexico as unrelenting issues that create challenges for people native to the Americas — being separated by conceptual categories of indigenous, immigrant, and assimilated.
Like the butterfly, which takes at least four generations to completely navigate its way through middle America with inherited knowledge, these artists also use inherited cultural memory to showcase and explore historical narratives of their respective heritage through abstract techniques.

Artists incorporate processes such as basket weaving, beadwork, copper hammering, and quilting, and materials such as stucco, plaster, ceramics, and feathers, that hold a high degree of resonance within native, immigrant, and brown aesthetics and vernacular cultures. The exhibition also charts the movement of styles and approaches through large spans of time across the Americas, speaking to an inherited means of production and genealogy of form.

video of the show

Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly is curated by Risa Puleo and organized by Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, where it was first presented December 7, 2017–February 24, 2018. The accompanying catalog is supported, in part, by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Sandra Fossum, and Watie White.

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Stations /Estaciones


Gina Adams
Carmen Argote
Natalie Ball
Margarita Cabrera
Juan William Chávez
Yanira Collado
william cordova
Franky Cruz
Rafa Esparza
Nancy Friedemann-Sanchez
Guillermo Galindo
Jeffrey Gibson
Sky Hopinka
Donna Huanca
Truman Lowe
Cannupa Hanska
Salvador Jiménez-Flores Art
Nicholas Galanin & Merritt Johnson
Rodolfo Marron III
Harold Mendez
Ronny Quevedo
Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez
Josh Rios & Anthony Romero
Guadalupe Rosales
Onajide Shabaka
Carlos Rosales-Silva
Francisco Souto
Dinizulu Gene Tinnie
Marty Two Bulls Jr.
Rick Ulysses
Rodrigo Valenzuela
Mary A. Valverde PROJECTS
Dyani White Hawk Polk
Sarah Zapata

MOCA is an amazing space and with this exhibition, we could only be moved by the work and the excellent journey of the Monarch and the Artist, great show a must see.