Flow States LA TRIENAL 2024 is El Museo del Barrio’s second large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art. Organized by El Museo’s chief curator Rodrigo Moura, curator Susanna V. Temkin, and guest curator María Elena Ortiz, the exhibition will feature 33 participating artists working across the United States, Puerto Rico, and—for the first time—extending into new geographies that reflect the complexities of diasporic flows, with artists based in the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.

Emphasizing plurality and a sense of movement, the title, Flow States, is a pun on creative focus and the fluidity of geographic boundaries and cultural exchanges. This phrase connects to diasporic themes—broadly defined as a dispersion, scattering, and flux of populations, languages, and cultures—that inform the exhibition. The selected artists share interests related to transformation, porosities of landscape and the built environment, spiritual connections, collective memories, hybrid belongings, and material exchanges. This edition builds on the framework of the critically acclaimed ESTAMOS BIEN – LA TRIENAL 20/21, the museum’s inaugural survey of Latinx contemporary art—the first of its kind in the United States. Flow States will be accompanied by a fully illustrated, bilingual publication.

FEATURED ARTISTS

Carmen Argote b. 1981, Guadalajara, Mexico; lives and works in Los Angeles, California  

Hellen Ascoli b. 1984, Guatemala City, Guatemala; lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland  

Esteban Cabeza de Baca b. 1985, San Ysidro, California; lives and works in Queens, New York, New York, and the Southwestern United States

Widline Cadet b. 1992, Pétion-Ville, Ayiti; lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Liz Cohen b. 1973, Phoenix, Arizona; lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona  

Tony Cruz Pabón b. 1977, Puerto Rico; lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Lance De Los Reyes b.1977, Houston, Texas; d. 2021, New York, New York  

Christina Fernandez b. 1965, Los Angeles, California; lives and works in Los Angeles, California  

Verónica Gaona b. 1994, Brownsville, Texas; lives and works in Houston, Texas  

Roberto Gil de Montes b. 1950, Guadalajara, Mexico; lives and works in Nayarit, Mexico  

Maria A. Guzmán Capron b. 1981, Milan, Italy; lives and works in Oakland, California

Madeline Jiménez Santil b. 1986, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 

Caroline Kent b. 1975, Sterling, Illinois; lives and works in Chicago, Illinois  

Koyoltzintli b. 1983, New York, New York; lives and works in New Jersey

Anina Major b. 1981, Nassau, Bahamas; lives and works in New York, New York  

Mario Martinez b. 1953, Penjamo, Scottsdale, Arizona; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York  

Mark Menjívar b. 1980, Virginia; lives and works in San Antonio, Texas

Karyn Olivier b. 1968, Trinidad and Tobago; lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Alina Perez b. 1995, Miami, Florida; lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut 

Carlos Reyes b. 1977, Chicago, Illinois; lives and works in New York, New York, and Caguas, Puerto Rico

Gadiel Rivera-Herrera b. 1963, San Juan, Puerto Rico; lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico 

Ruben Ulises Rodriguez Montoya b. 1989, Parral, Mexico; nomad

Norberto Roldan b. 1953, Roxas City, Philippines; lives and works in Roxas City 

Sarah Rosalena b. 1982, Los Angeles, California; lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Ser Serpas b. 1995, Los Angeles, California; lives and works in New York, New York  

Chaveli Sifre b. 1987, Würzburg, Germany; lives and works in Berlin, Germany  

Kathia St. Hilaire b. 1995, Palm Beach, Florida; lives and works in New York, New York

Studio Lenca based in Margate, England  

Magdalena Suarez Frimkess b. 1929, Caracas, Venezuela; lives and works in Venice, California 

Sarita Westrup b. 1989, Edinburg, Texas; lives and works in Dallas, Texas, and Penland, North Carolina

Alberta Whittle b. 1980, Bridgetown, Barbados; lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland  

Cosmo Whyte b. 1982, St. Andrews, Jamaica; lives and works in Los Angeles, California  

Joe Zaldivar b. 1990, Rosemead, California; lives and works in Los Angeles, California

ABOUT THE CURATORS 

Rodrigo Moura

Rodrigo Moura is a curator, writer, and editor currently serving as Chief Curator at El Museo del Barrio in New York. At El Museo, Moura has curated Cuerpo: Carlos Martiel (2024), ESTAMOS BIEN – LA TRIENAL 20/21, and Raphael Montañez Ortiz – A Contextual Retrospective (2022). Previously, he was the Adjunct Curator of Brazilian Art at Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), where he curated or co-curated exhibitions such as Djanira: Picturing Brazil (2019), Melvin Edwards: Lynch Fragments (2018), Images of the Aleijadinho (2018), and Who’s Afraid of Teresinha Soares? (2017). Moura also served as Artistic Director of Instituto Inhotim (Minas Gerais, Brazil) between 2014 and 2015, where he was also curator from 2004 to 2013.

María Elena Ortiz

María Elena Ortiz is a Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, where she curated Surrealism and Us: Caribbean and African Diaspora Art since 1940 (2024) and Jammie Holmes: Make the Revolution Irresistible (2023). Previously, she was a Curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), where she organized group shows such as Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection (2020) and The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Caribbean Art (2020), as well as solo exhibitions with Firelei Báez, Ulla von Brandenburg, william cordova, Teresita Fernández, José Carlos Martinat, Carlos Motta, and Beatriz Santiago Muñoz. At PAMM, Ortiz founded the Caribbean Cultural Institute, a curatorial platform dedicated to Caribbean art, and worked to grow the museum’s collection by securing works by Simone Leigh, Bisa Butler, Bony Ramirez, and others.

Susanna V. Temkin

Susanna V. Temkin is a Curator at El Museo del Barrio in New York and holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. At El Museo, she has curated or co-curated exhibitions such as Cuerpo: Carlos Martiel (2024), Something Beautiful: Reframing La Colección (2023–2024), DOMESTICANX (2022), Juan Francisco Elso: Por América (2022), ESTAMOS BIEN – LA TRIENAL 20/21, and Culture and the People: El Museo del Barrio, 1969–2019 (2019), among others. Prior to joining El Museo, Temkin was an Assistant Curator at Americas Society in New York and the Research and Archive Specialist at Cecilia de Torres, Ltd., where she co-authored the digital catalogue raisonné of artist Joaquín Torres-García. Her essays and reviews have been published in exhibition catalogues and magazines, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Alice Neel: People Come First, Rutgers, Art Review, and The Burlington Magazine.

ABOUT THE CATALOGUE

Flow States – LA TRIENAL 2024 is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with curatorial essays and short texts on the participating artists by invited collaborators. Edited by Rodrigo Moura, María Elena Ortiz, and Susanna V. Temkin. Designed by Estúdio Gráfico. English and Spanish. Published by El Museo del Barrio, New York.

EXHIBITION CREDITS

Flow States – LA TRIENAL 2024 is made possible by the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation. Leadership support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Major support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Tony Bechara. Generous funding is provided by the Trienal Council: Agnes Gund, Patrick Collins, Virginia Cowles Schroth, María Eugenia Maury, Ramiro Ortiz Mayorga, Monica Vidal, and Joseph Sherman. Additional support is provided by Isabel and Julio Nazario, Tracey and Phillip Riese, Robert and Encarnita Quinlan, and Javier Lumbreras. Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.