Cross-Border Dialogues: Marcela Guerrero and Tamara Toledo

Cross-Border Dialogues
Marcela Guerrero and Tamara Toledo

Thursday, April 4, 2024 | 6:30 – 8 pm ET
Free | Online | Zoom
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Join us on Thursday, April 4, at 6:30pm, for the next iteration of Cross-Border Dialogues, a series organized and moderated by curator Sally Frater, featuring Tamara Toledo (Director/Curator, Sur Gallery, Toronto) and Marcela Guerrero (DeMartini Family Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York).

Cross-Border Dialogues is a series of conversations between arts programmers based in Canada and the United States, addressing a range of topics including the philosophies that inform their work, their methods for engagement, and the role of pedagogy and community outreach in their respective practices. More information >

Cross-Border Dialogues is presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Guelph Community Foundation.


Marcela Guerrero is the DeMartini Family Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Most recently, she co-curated with Angelica Arbelaez Ilana Savdie: Radical Contractions. Guerrero also curated no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria and Martine Gutierrez: Supremacy in 2022-23. She was part of the curatorial team that organized Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945, and also curated the 2018 exhibition Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art. From 2014 to 2017, she was the Curatorial Fellow for Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985 organized at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Hammer, she worked in the Latin American and Latino art department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Guerrero’s writing has appeared in several exhibition catalogues and in art journals such as caa.reviews, ArtNexus, Caribbean Intransit: The Arts Journal, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, and Diálogo. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Guerrero holds a PhD in art history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Tamara Toledo is a Chilean-born Toronto-based curator and scholar and is currently the Director/Curator of Sur Gallery. Throughout her career she has created opportunities for community building and fostered global networks of exchange and solidarity. Her research focuses on hemispheric connections, anti-colonial methodologies, diasporic exhibition histories, and the legacies of the Cold war era in contemporary art. She has curated multiple exhibitions and projects for the past twenty years and her most recent exhibitions include: Diaspora Dialogues: Archiving the Familiar, co-curated with colleague Sarah Shamash and Overcoming Otherness in 2023; The People United and Colour of Women in 2022; and Reimagining Mourning which received a prestigious GOG exhibition of the year award in 2021. In addition, she developed the Latin American Speakers Series (2008-2024) which introduces internationally renowned curators, artists, and critical thinkers to Canadian audiences to discuss issues of power, identity, representation, and intercultural dynamics in contemporary Latin American Art. Her curatorial and advocacy work is clearly exemplified through the development of various projects such as: Art of the Americas: Knowledge Series for Young Audiences at primary and high schools throughout Toronto (2013-2019); mentorship programs for emerging Latinx artists and curators (2016 and 2020); Positionality: Symposium on Latin American and Latinx Art in Canada (2021); and most recently the digital archive of Latin American diasporic artists in Canada from the 1970s to the present, ARCHIVO. Her essays, reviews, and exhibition texts can be found in various publications including ARM Journal, C Magazine, Fuse, Canadian Art, and Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture Journal of the University of California. She has shared her research across Canada, the United States, and Mexico and is currently a PhD candidate in Art History & Visual Culture at York University.

Sally Frater is the daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean. Curatorially she is interested in decolonial praxis, space and place, Black and Caribbean diasporas, photography, art of the everyday, and issues of equity and representation in museological spaces. She has curated solo and group exhibitions for institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Guelph, the Ulrich Museum of Art, Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto, Project Row Houses, and Centre[3] for Artistic and Social Practice. She is the senior curator/curatorial manager at the Remai Modern in Saskatoon, SK.

To register for upcoming conversations and view recordings of past discussions, visit: Cross-Border Dialogues online >

Images (left to right): Photo of Tamara Toledo by Peter Riddihough; Photo of Marcela Guerrero by Javier Romero.


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