Co-presented with Grupo Soap del Corazón

In the exhibition Mestizaje: Intermix-Remix, eight Latinx artists (identifying as Chicano, Chilean, Colombian, Mixteco, Mexican, and Mexican-American) explore what it means to claim a mixed-race identity consisting of both Indigenous and European descent.

Without seeking definitive conclusions or definitions, artists Marcela Rodríguez Aguilar, María José Castillo, Luis Fitch, Bobby Marines, Dougie Padilla, Maria Cristina Tavera, Xavier Tavera, and Vlocke Negro explore questions of ancestry and identity.

Mestizaje is on view in the M's window galleries at 4th and Robert streets and the Ecolab Entrance, in downtown St. Paul, through June 12, 2022. For more information about the exhibition, visit the M's website.

Dougie Padilla, Mestizo, 2021, mixed media (spray insulation foam, latex house paint, and spray enamel on plywood)



Thursday, May 12, 6:00–7:30 p.m. CDT
Register Here:  Zoom

Join scholars Karen Mary Davalos and Olga González with moderator Xavier Tavera, curator of Mestizaje: Intermix Remix, for an in-depth conversation about the complexities of mestizaje and its impact on Latino/a/x identity. Panelists will share reflections on the significance of racial mixing through migration and colonization, the dynamics of self-identification, and the evolving meaning of mestizaje.

Karen Mary Davalos, Professor of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, has written extensively about Chicana/o/x art, including the prize-winning book, Yolanda M. López. With Constance Cortez, she leads "Rhizomes: Mexican American Art Since 1848," a multi-component, digital ecosystem which includes an open-source search tool progressively linking art collections and related documents from libraries, archives, and museums. She has served on the Board of Directors of Self Help Graphics & Art since 2012.
Olga González is an associate professor in the Anthropology Department, affiliated faculty in the Latin American Studies Program, and Associate Dean of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College. She is the author of Unveiling Secrets of War in the Peruvian Andes. She has been the advisor for two exhibits, Weavings of War; Fabrics of Memory and Ayacucho: Tradition and Crisis in Peruvian Popular Art. In 2012 she curated Ayacucho: The Times of Danger at Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery. Her current research focuses on memory, visuality and censorship in post-war Peru.
After moving from Mexico City to the United States, Xavier Tavera learned what it felt like to be part of a subculture—the immigrant community. Subjected to alienation has transformed the focus of his photographs to share the lives of those who are marginalized. Images have offered insight into the diversity of numerous communities and given a voice to those who are often invisible. Tavera has shown his work extensively in the Twin Cities, nationally and internationally. He is a recipient of the McKnight fellowship, Jerome Travel award, State Arts Board, and Bronica scholarship.


Saturday, June 11, 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
Guided tours: 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
350 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN

Stop by the M in downtown St. Paul during the Twin Cities late-night arts festival Northern Spark and pick up a free poster designed by Grupo Soap artists. Screenprint your own patch and join a bilingual guided tour of Mestizaje with local curator and educator William G. Franklin. Registration is required for guided tours. This program is presented by the M as part of Northern Spark 2022, produced by

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María José Castillo, El Río Sinú / The River Sinú, 2022, vinyl reproduction, (2/6)

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