on the campuses of Tulane University and Xavier University
New Orleans, Louisiana
Elena del Rivero: Home Address is a multi-platform installation of nineteen flags designed and suspended across the United States to commemorate the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, which legislated women’s right to vote in the United States. Del Rivero’s multiples, emblazoned with a common abstract, geometric pattern also wear the stains of history in recognition of all whose rights were not protected by the landmark legislation—particularly women of color who continue to fight against racial discrimination in voting.
In her work, del Rivero transfers often-overlooked or underestimated textiles from the kitchen into the public sphere. The large-scaled dishtowels rhyme with the geometries of flags commonly on display; they also belong to the artist’s interrogation of geometric abstraction. Her serial exploration locates grids of feminine-coded material culture as antecedents for “vanguard” developments in the male modernist canon. Del Rivero’s flags celebrate the everyday labor invested in the perpetual making of a participatory democracy.
In New Orleans Elena del Rivero: Home Address is presented by Rivers at Tulane University in partnership with Amistad Research Center and at Xavier University in partnership with Xavier’s Center for Equity, Leadership & the Human Spirit. We extend particular thanks to Kara Olidge and Christopher Harter at Amistad Research Center, Ron Bechet and David Robinson-Morris at Xavier University, and Henrique Faria Gallery, for your partnership and support in realizing this multi-site endeavor. This presentation was made possible by the vision and unending commitment of John A. Tyson to the work of Elena del Rivero.
A Conversation with Elena del Rivero, Alanah Odoms, Kara Olidge, and Andrea Andersson, celebrating and honoring the storied history of the 19th Amendment and universal suffrage in the United States with staff of The Brooklyn Rail. Recorded live on Thursday, November 20, 2020.