The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Tanya Aguiñiga: AMBOS on the Road in Texas

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 – Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM


Presented by artist Tanya Aguiñiga

The 11th annual Booker-Lowe Lecture, organized by the Glassell Studio School, is a talk with artist Tanya Aguiñiga, whose work is on view in the exhibition Mending: Craft and Community, Selections from the Museum’s Collection.

In 2016, Aguiñiga founded AMBOS: Art Made Between Opposite Sides, a project with the goal of humanizing border-crossing and bringing attention to the experiences of communities on the U.S.–Mexico border. Through collaborative work between artists and people along the border, the project asked more than 7,000 participants their thoughts about the border. The next step was documenting the landscape; the reactions and emotions; and the border-related art made in both nations.

In this lecture, Aguiñiga shares AMBOS’s documentation and findings about the Texas–Mexico border, including cards collected as part of the Border Quipu project on how Texas’s neighbors feel about their relationship to the U.S. border.

About the Presenter
Tanya Aguiñiga (born 1978) is a Los Angeles–based artist, designer, and craftsperson who was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She holds an MFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from San Diego State University. In her formative years, she created various collaborative installations with the Border Arts Workshop, an artists’ group that engages the languages of activism and community-based public art. Her current work uses craft as a performative medium to generate dialogues about identity, culture, and gender while creating community—helping museums and nonprofits diversify their audiences by connecting marginalized communities through collaboration.

Drop in! This lecture is free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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    Two Parking Garages        

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    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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