Past Exhibitions

Whitney Aguiñiga in *Virtual* Currents

July 17 – August 16 2020


Creating art for me is an exercise of resistance, a practice in engagement and presence. I use photography and sculpture as tools for research, material attempts to document, pose questions, and process experiences. The final works are ultimately an invitation. I am most interested in the relationship between artist and community, art making as a form of conversation, connection, and collaboration.  So It Grows explores our current collective discourse, a navigation of tragedy and loss amongst transformation and hope.

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On the final week of the virtual exhibition (August 10 – August 16), MMA will host a virtual auction of the pieces with the proceeds being split between MMA (25%) and UndocuFund Monterey Bay (75%). UndocuFund Monterey Bay is a collaborative effort to assist Monterey Bay area undocumented immigrant workers impacted by COVID-19.  The fund will help individuals and families with a one-time emergency assistance in this time of crisis. Undocumented workers are over-represented in the services, hospitality, and agriculture industries: industries severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and well represented in the Monterey Bay community.  This has led to the loss of their homes, wages, and/or employment in addition to staggeringly disparate numbers of COVID-19 cases in comparison with other communities in Monterey County.  At the same time, undocumented workers have been excluded from federally and state funded safety net programs.  This comes at a time when immigrant communities were already threatened by anti-immigration policies. The Monterey Museum of Art is proud to partner with this incredible organization and encourages all to bid on works in this exhibition, or to donate today to help families in need.

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Whitney Aguiñiga (b.1987) is an artist and educator. Her work has been exhibited in California, Puerto Rico, and Ecuador. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Mills College, a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Art in Photography and Digital Media from California State University Monterey Bay.






Images courtesy of Whitney Aguiñiga :

Pixelated Spring II, 2020, archival pigment print, 8 x 10 inches

In Contact With Light & Time I, 2020, silver gelatin print, 11 x 14 inches

Spring Bouquets I, 2020, silver gelatin prints, cardboard, Papier-mâché, gravel

Videos courtesy of Whitney Aguiñiga

Translations courtesy of Jorge Campos Aguiñiga