Miracles on the Border Parallel Installation: The Retablos Project

Wednesday, April 21, 2021,

Colby Museum of Art William D. Adams Gallery, Museum Lobby

Dual citizens and international students, faculty, and staff traverse national boundaries in their travels from their homes outside the United States. They leave home and embark on a transnational journey of uncertainty and unfamiliarity. These individuals may carry with them figurines, articles of clothing, food items, photographs, and other keepsakes. This personal memorabilia promotes a sense of familiarity and grounding in a foreign land.

Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States is an exhibition on view in the Museum that presents retablos, thank you notes to the heavens offered by Mexican migrants and their families to commemorate the dangers of crossing the border. This parallel installation of mementos on loan from members of the Colby community asks us to consider what this journey means and how we “give infinite thanks.”

Presented by the Retablos Project Team:

  • Masi Ngidi-Brown, Director of International Student Programs & Associate Director of the Pugh Center
  • Misa Beltran-Guzman, FLIPS Fellow & Student Leader;
  • Jordia Benjamin, Colby Museum Coordinator of Programs and Audience Engagement;
  • Diana Tuite, Colby Museum Curator

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