René Treviño: Stab of Guilt, on view from February 17 through June 9 at the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, features almost 200 works by Treviño created between 2008 and today. This is the artist’s first museum survey and it includes new art created specifically for the exhibition, signifying important new areas of exploration for Treviño.

The show brings together an exuberant selection of works with wide-ranging themes that illuminate his colorful and complex aesthetic. Treviño’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses a range of mediums and reflects personal inspirations as well as his research into Maya and Aztec history, Catholic symbolism, astronomy, pop culture, and queer theory to recast his heritage and identity in a new light.

The exhibition is curated by Alexander Jarman, the Wellin Museum of Art’s Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Academic Outreach, who comments, “Treviño’s work highlights the complexity of the queer Mexican-American experience in this country. The exhibition title, René Treviño: Stab of Guilt, connotes a unique blend of historical references, both personal to the artist and publicly known, including the violence often associated with the Aztec Empire, the private guilt engendered through religious doctrine, and the postcolonial reckonings faced by many cultural institutions, including art museums.”

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