Maria Trujillo

Maria C. Trujillo grew up as a third culture kid living in South America. She moved to the United States to pursue a B.A. and M. A. in art history. Through her experience as an art museum educator and writer, she strives to build bridges between the past and present, art and audiences, and emotions and empathy. When she’s not writing, Maria loves to read literature, travel to new cities, and explore unique coffee shops.

Judy Chicago and her “Purple Poem for Miami”

Clouds of violet, magenta, and indigo erupted from the Miami Design District and drifted across the city’s skyline. On February 23, 2019, Judy Chicago successfully softened the urbanscape through her performance, A Purple Poem for Miami. The artist is well known for her feminist approach to her art practice; inserting herself into otherwise male-dominated dialogues. […]

Painting Empathy: Jordan Casteel’s “Returning the Gaze” Exhibition

The Denver Art Museum welcomes home an acclaimed local artist striving for social justice causes, and diversity in portraiture. Returning the Gaze is Jordan Casteel’s first major museum exhibition; it includes 30 paintings ranging from 2014 – 2018. Through these larger-than-life artworks, the artist portrays people in her community and unsung heroes of color. The […]

The Final Art Destination: “Velvet Buzzsaw” Film Review

In Velvet Buzzsaw, a film written and directed by Dan Gilroy, audiences encounter a sensitive art critique, a ruthless gallery owner, a cut-throat art dealer, and an ambitious art assistant who together dig-up a recently deceased artist’s oeuvre of paintings with fatal consequences. This art thriller is a satire on the art contemporary art market […]

James Turrell’s “Roden Crater” will See the Light

Anticipation to experience James Turrell’s transformational artwork, Roden Crater, mounts as the artist announces a timeline to finish the 42-year project. The immersive artwork lies within a volcanic crater, a mile and half wide and a half-hour drive from Flagstaff, Arizona. Turrell recently announced that this career-long installation will be open to visitors in five years […]

Museum Workers in New York City Fight Back

Art museum professionals are breaking free of the “passion-as-payment” mentality facing many workers in the United States. In the past six months, staff members of two different modern and contemporary art museums have unionized to protest working conditions for full-time and part-time employees. The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) has clashed with […]

Aristotle Roufanis: Crusader for the Lonely

The lens of Aristotle Roufanis sheds light on the lonely lives of city-dwellers through his urban landscapes artworks. I first encountered the Greek artist’s series of hyper-definition images, Alone Together, at Pulse Miami Beach 2018. Roufanis’ lush surfaces and strong contrast of light and shadow drew my attention. Initially, I thought the large-scale cityscapes were […]

Meow Wolf: A Novel Model for Artists on the Fringe

Meow Wolf emerged blazing from the ashes of the Western art incubator that is Santa Fe, NM. Now a 50-million-dollar arts and entertainment group, Meow Wolf began as an art collective in 2008. The original core of roughly ten artists established the group to support one another’s art practices in Santa Fe’s formalized art market: […]