Northern Spark: Posters and Patches Pop-Up

Northern Spark: Posters and Patches Pop-Up
Saturday, June 11, 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.


On view in the M’s street-facing windows and Ecolab skyway entrance, Mestizaje: Intermix-Remix showcases the work of seven Latinx artists from the artist collective Grupo Soap del Corazón who are exploring questions of ancestry and what it means to claim a mixed-race identity consisting of both Indigenous and European descent.  

While the exhibition is entirely accessible from public space, the M is thrilled to be opening its doors for one night to celebrate Northern Spark! Register for a guided tour of Mestizaje with independent curator and educator William (Billy) G. Franklin who will lead you through the exhibition in Spanish and English. After the tour, head inside the museum to do some screen printing on fabric using designs created by Grupo Soap artists, and create a small patch to add to your favorite jacket, t-shirt, or tote. Embroidery floss, needles, and safety pins will be provided. Watch a series a short films by Xavier Tavera and pick up a limited edition Grupo Soap poster to add to your collection. 

Mestizaje: Intermix-Remix is curated by Dougie Padilla and Xavier Tavera, founders of Grupo Soap del Corazón and brings together the work of Marcela Rodríguez Aguilar, María José Castillo, Bobby Marines, Dougie Padilla, Maria Cristina Tavera, Xavier Tavera, and Vlocke Negro.  


Guided tours: 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Pre-registration required.
350 Robert Street North, St. Paul

Register for 9:30 p.m. tour here. 

Register for 10:30 p.m. tour here. 


For more information, email This program is presented by the M as part of Northern Spark 2022, produced by


Meet the Tour Guide: Billy Franklin


William G. Franklin “Billy” is an adjunct professor, bilingual educator and independent art curator. Franklin holds a Master of Liberal Studies with a minor in Art History from the University of Minnesota, his thesis work focused on the international scope of Surrealism. Franklin has curated more than a dozen exhibits locally and serves as panelist reviewing applications for grants and artist-in-residency programs. He volunteered for three years as a member of the Programing Advisory Board of the M and worked for a year as a bilingual educator for the Education Programs at the Walker Art Center. He is authoring and curating an upcoming Afton Press publication titled Latin Art in Minnesota–Conversations and What’s Next which will be published in Spring 2023. He is also a recurrent visiting instructor of Spanish at Carleton College.


Conversation | Mestizaje: Past, Present, Future

Conversation | Mestizaje: Past, Present, Future
Thursday, May 12, 6:00–7:30 p.m. CDT

Watch the recorded program:

Join scholars Karen Mary Davalos and Olga Gonzalez with moderator Xavier Tavera, curator of Mestizaje: Intermix Remix, for an in-depth conversation about the complexities of mestizaje and its impact on Latino/a/x identity. Panelists will share reflections on the significance of racial mixing through migration and colonization, the dynamics of self-identification, and the evolving meaning of mestizaje.


Karen Mary Davalos:

Karen Mary Davalos, Professor of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, has written extensively about Chicana/o/x art, including the prize-winning book, Yolanda M. López (distributed by UMN Press, 2008). With Constance Cortez, she is leads Rhizomes: Mexican American Art Since 1848, a multi-component, digital ecosystem which includes an open-source search tool progressively linking art collections and related documents from libraries, archives, and museums. She has served on the Board of Directors of Self Help Graphics & Art since 2012.




Olga Gonzalez:

Olga González is associate professor in the Anthropology Department at Macalester College, affiliated faculty in the Latin American Studies Program, and Associate Dean of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship. She is the author of Unveiling Secrets of War in the Peruvian Andes (University of Chicago Press, 2011) She has been the advisor for two traveling art exhibits in the United States, Weavings of War; Fabrics of Memory and Ayacucho: Tradition and Crisis in Peruvian Popular Art. In 2012 she curated the exhibit Ayacucho: The Times of Danger at the Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery. In 2018 she co-curated Resistencia Visual in Macalester’s Art Commons with Karen Bernedo and the collaboration of her Museum Anthropology students. Her current research focuses on memory, visuality and censorship in post-war Peru.

Exhibition Kick-Off | Mestizaje: Intermix-Remix

Thursday, March 31, 6:00–7:00 p.m. CDT

Watch the recorded program:

Celebrate the opening of the exhibition by joining featured artists Dougie Padilla, Xavier Tavera, and Maria Cristina Tavera for a casual conversation exploring the history of the art collective Grupo Soap del Corazón (art that cleanses the heart), founded by Dougie Padilla and Xavier Tavera in 2000.