Forsberg Riverside Galleries

The Raymond T. Forsberg Riverside Galleries are located near the Grand Foyer/Café and feature ongoing changing exhibitions, in addition to exhibitions that are planned to interpret and expand upon the permanent collection and focus on Midwest Art, American Crafts, and Haitian and Caribbean Art.


On Display


Marcela Diaz

September 26 – December 29, 2019
Forsberg Riverside Galleries

Artist Reception | September 26, 6pm
Free admission, sponsored by Friends of the Art Center

The textile work of Marcela Diaz is woven from tradition and in this artist’s hands, the memory of sisal takes new paths as a sculpture installation. The history of the material reflects on the problems facing the present and a contemporary dialogue with a textural memory emerges. The artist’s massively intricate henequen and cotton rope sculptures are truly unique: crosses are spiked with thorns and nails, ropes and knots coil like bodies in death and life, mysterious monumental dresses tower above the viewer; all are beautiful and commanding.

Marcela Diaz lives and works in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Born in 1961, she studied in Cholul, Yucatan, Mexico with the teacher Gerda Gruber at the Gruber Jez Foundation. She has participated in more than forty group shows and ten solo exhibitions in Mexico, Europe, United States and Latin America.