Justin Favela’s exuberant art is inspired by Latinx culture, art history, and food rendered in layer upon layer of vibrant strips of paper. Favela’s technique recalls piñatas and party decorations — ephemeral forms that signify joy and celebration.

The exhibition’s subtitle, Central American, contains multiple meanings, suggesting the artist’s heritage, Iowa’s place in the middle of America, and the strong presence of Central Americans in our state and within the agricultural industry upon which our economy depends.

All of the work in the exhibition will be created on site by Favela, including a large-scale installation, wall and floor sculptures, and a paper chandelier for the Meier building’s atrium. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this exhibition was moved from 2020 to the slate of 2021 exhibitions.