Playing Favorites: Jenna Jorgenson and Diego Romero

We’ve asked FWMoA staff the hardest question you can ask art museum people: so, what is your favorite artwork currently on display? As “art museum people”, we often get asked about our favorite artists, artworks, and the art we choose to hang on our own walls. Since not all of our staff are front-end, and not all of them write for the blog, this series gives everyone a chance to get to know them, too. Taking advantage of our rotating exhibitions of artworks, from painted portraits to sculpted bronzes, FWMoA staff from all departments are choosing artworks that enthrall and enchant them; or, in other words, playing favorites.

Meet the FWMoA Teen Council! Ambassadors for the FWMoA, the Teen Council is led by local youth and provides opportunities for leadership, creativity, and learning through arts programs. In its third year, you’ve met previous members Megan True, Bayan Yunis, and Ash Bushnell. Over the course of the next few months, we’re asking all members, new and returning, to introduce themselves through a favorite work on display at FWMoA. Here’s returning member Jenna’s pick:

A color lithograph that shows Spanish soldiers preparing to harm a man with sword marks on his back, who is bent before a religious figure. In the background, more knights force native peoples into submissions, and three crosses adorn the building that creates the background.
Diego Romero, Native American, Cochiti Pueblo, b. 1964. Saints and Sinners. Color lithograph on paper, 2017. Loan from Jack H. Lemon. Image courtesy of Landfall Press.

Q: What is the first thing you noticed about this artwork? What drew you to this particular piece?

A: The first thing that I noticed was the morbid imagery and vibrant pops of red. I really like the style of linework and find the composition to be really appealing.

Q: Would you hang this artwork in your home? Why or why not?

A: I would definitely hang this artwork in my home because I think it is overall very impressive, both stylistically and politically

Q: What does this artwork mean to you?

A: To me this artwork is very important as it depicts the suffering the Christian Spanish caused, which is often overlooked.

Q: Why did you choose to join Teen Council?

A: I love to surround myself with art and I aspire to one day be a tattoo artist.

Q: What has been your favorite exhibition at FWMoA during your internship?

A: Every year I always love the Day of the Dead exhibitions and I always look forward to them!

Q: What kind of art do you have in your home?

A: The walls in my room are covered in my various artworks that I have made, along with prints that I collect each time I visit a different art museum.

See Jenna’s favorite artwork on display at FWMoA in Landfall Press: Five Decades of Printmaking, before it closes this weekend!

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