Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) hosted an exciting reception at her studio on Cerrillos Road on Thursday, August 15, 2019. The new works on view include a six-foot-high portrait of an Indigenized “Wonder Woman” that features a female hero celebrated on a grand scale and commemorated by the dynamic lighting in the image that seems to radiate from her. Lively depictions of Romero’s Chemehuevi relatives, a group of young boys, also energize the space with their iconic and performative poses now saved for reflection in photographic prints. Many intersections come from Romero’s photo-portraits that bring together Native ways of being, pop culture, and collaborative imaginings of self and community.
—Michelle J. Lanteri