Join us for a private closing day gallery talk with Xavier Tavera, hosted by Brian Horrigan, curator of WW1 America and The 1968 Exhibit, currently on show at the History Center.
Xavier Tavera’s large-scale portraits tell war and homecoming stories of Mexican-American soldiers returning from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam to live in St. Paul’s West Side, where they had to start their own AMVETS post when established veterans' clubs in town did not allow them membership.
Born in Mexico City, Xavier Tavera has lived in the Twin Cities since 1996. His work has been exhibited internationally at curated shows including Lonarte 11 in Madeira, Portugal, Pingyao International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China, and El Otro Americano at the Instituto Chileno Norteamericano de Cultura, Valparaiso, Chile. His portraits are part of the permanent collections of the Weisman Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and MNHS. He received a McKnight Photography Fellowship in 2003 and several artist residencies, including the Casa Poli Art Residency in Concepción, Chile, the BAR Art Residency in Berlin, Germany, and the Maciel Art Residency in Montevideo, Uruguay.
AMVETS Post #5 is on view at the Minnesota History Center until April 22, 2018.
The event fee includes access to all History Center exhibits