Curatorial Project: FOLD: Art, Practice and Metaphor, February 1 - April 2, 2018

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FOLD: Art, Practice and, Metaphor was an exhibition of contemporary works by thirteen female artists who explored the concept of the fold in terms of form and conceptual metaphor in both stationary and time-based art media at four different locations in McAllen and Edinburg —the International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS), The Visual Arts Gallery, Visiting Center, and Performing Center at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley— over a period of eight weeks in Spring 2018. The cycle of events also included the annual FESTIBA event. The fold is simple and complex at the same time – it is a physical act, a state of the material, and a way to explain things that happen in other realms.  The fold challenges space and even time, and as a symbolic paradigm, it offers an ever-expanding impulse for creativity. Along with the exhibition, six scholars from different disciplines; Philosophy, Psychology, Social History, the History of Art and Literature, and Women’s Studies explored the concept of FOLD in their respective areas. The exhibition, with its speakers and the panel discussions, provided a unique opportunity to engage with the many voices, and perspectives of notable, contemporary artists and demonstrated the way that art can offer inspirational insight into current societal issues and trends.