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Feb. 10 – Jul. 24, 2024


ASU Art Museum
51 E 10th St, Tempe, AZ 85281
Tempe, 85281
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Sarah Zapata (b. 1988, Corpus Christi, TX) employs weaving, tufting and traditional craft techniques to create loud, architecturally responsive installations that traverse themes of gender, colonialism and fantasy. Zapata’s site-specific works reflect her intersecting identities as a queer woman of Peruvian heritage raised in Evangelical South Texas and now based in New York.   

“Beneath the breath of the sun” features newly created works completed during the artist’s residency with CALA Alliance in Fall 2023. Alongside these works, Zapata chose ceramics made with clay and earthen materials from the Museum’s collection to reference the land. The installation evokes a topography of the Arizona landscape, where bold hues of orange and yellow nod toward the punishing sun and air of the desert, weaving together the ecological and geological aspects that make up the complexity of our place. Taken as a whole, Zapata’s fabricated world highlights the inherent friction between traditional modes of making in untraditional situations. 

“Sarah Zapata: Beneath the breath of the sun” is organized by ASUAM Senior Curator Alana Hernandez, with CALA Alliance Curatorial Assistant Sade Moore and made possible by generous funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Ford Foundation. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with a Community of Practice composed of Dagoberto Bailón, Co-Founder of Trans Queer Pueblo; Dr. Marivel Danielson, Associate Professor, School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University; and Raquel Gutiérrez, writer and educator. 

A series of three free in-person programs is offered in conjunction with “Sarah Zapata: Beneath the breath of the sun.”

Feb. 10, 2024 // Opening Reception

6–8 p.m.

Mar. 15, 2024 // Open Mic Night with Multicultural Communities of Excellence (MCoE)

5–7 p.m.

Apr. 13, 2024 // Fiber Workshop with Erika Hanson

Noon–2 p.m.

May 2024 // A History of Stripes

More information about these programs and how to register will be available as details are confirmed.


Concurrent with her exhibition at ASUAM, experience Sarah Zapata’s exhibition at MOCA TUCSON  Sara Hubbs and Sarah Zapata: Between gravity and ground.  On view Feb. 2 — June 23, 2024.


Sarah Zapata, detail of “Braided Topographies”. Photograph by Shaunté Glover.