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Skin Deep 

Wednesday, Nov 20 2013

This month, Ana Teresa Fernandez has been an artist-in-residence at the de Young Museum, where she's creating – with the help of museum-goers – an abstract, mirrored artwork that explores the subject of skin color, immigration, and cultural privilege. The work has been both fun and illuminating – a leap of faith for Fernandez and the visitors who venture into the museum's Kimball Education Gallery and find themselves recreating their own skin tones with colors and circular cardboard. The closing reception for "Surface" is a last chance to see Fernandez work her magic with people who enter the gallery as strangers and leave as active participants in a project that references trips across water, explores serious issues, and offers inspiration through art. "It's all about immigration, and race, and migration in general, and noticing the differences between race and possibility, and cruel and possibility, and who has to dislocate themselves from where they live to obtain possibility," says Fernandez, "but this is done through a very abstract and metaphorical way."

Fri., Nov. 29, 6 p.m., 2013

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