Carolyn Castaño: Curators Lab “Garden Party” (2013) at Loyola’s Laband Gallery

Carolyn Castaño, Beauty Queen and Druglord, 2009

The first career survey of works by Curators Lab “Garden Party” (2013) co-curator Carolyn Castaño is on view at Loyola Marymount University’s Laband Art Gallery.

“Carolyn Castaño: A Female Topography 2001-2017,” features more than 40 artworks highlighting the artist’s ongoing exploration of identity, gender and social conditions facing women.
Curated by Laband Director Karen Rapp, the exhibition opens on Saturday, Sept. 23, and continues through Dec. 10. 
“Carolyn Castaño’s practice reflects and celebrates the artist’s deep roots and experiences in L.A.’s Latina culture,” Rapp said. “Castaño is the daughter of Colombian émigrés and her artwork draws inspiration from her bi-cultural identity. She is known for mixing styles from L.A. street culture with the formalism of early 19th century botanical drawings. I am drawn to her bold juxtapositions, especially in her most recent body of work, ‘Ventanas’ (Windows), that illustrate her facility for blending multiple visual traditions.”

All Laband events are free and open to the public. A curator-led walk-through with Laband Director Karen Rapp and the artist is  scheduled for 5:30 p.m., November 15.  In addition,  Castaño will participate in a conversation with Bill Kelley Jr., independent curator and Latin American art historian, at 5:30 p.m. on December 6, 2017.