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Best Bets: ‘Un-typing Casta’ opens at Tweed

A Minneapolis artist-curator-activist will show work about the contemporary Latinx identity in an exhibition at Tweed Museum of Art.

Maria Cristina Tavera’s “Un-Typing Casta,” a mixed-media show, has its opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the museum at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Tavera’s work is influenced by a life spent in both Mexico and Minnesota and considers society’s expectations on race, gender, ethnicity and culture. She also unpacks the term “casta,” a term used by the Spanish in the 17th and 18th centuries to define children born of whites (Spanish) and non-whites (indigenous and African).

According to her artist statement: “My project is not meant to define how people should be classified, but instead to explore how people of the Latin American diaspora express their identity. My hope is that the work will inspire conversations about these historical references and what unifies Latinos today.”

Exhibition runs through Jan. 29.

The opening reception for Maria Cristina Tavera’s “Un-Typing Casta” is at 6-8 p.m. today at Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Free, open to the public.

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