Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border

Richard Misrach | Guillermo Galindo

February 18 – April 24, 2017


Border Cantos, a unique collaboration between American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican American sculptor/composer Guillermo Galindo, uses the power of art to explore and humanize the complex issues surrounding the United States-Mexico border.

Misrach, who has photographed the border since 2004, documents landscapes and objects, including things left behind by migrants.  His  large-scale photographs, along with grids of smaller photos, highlight issues surrounding migration and its effect on regions and people.

Richard Misrach, Wall, East of Nogales, Arizona, 2015Responding to these photographs, Galindo fashioned sound-generating sculptures from items Misrach collected along the border, such as water bottles, Border Patrol “drag tires,” spent shotgun shells, ladders, and sections of the border wall itself. The sounds they produce give voices to people through the personal belongings they have left behind.  

Presented in English and Spanish, Border Cantos offers perspective on the challenges of migration, inviting us to bridge boundaries.

Learn more about the Border Cantos exhibition.

Border Cantos premiered at San Jose Museum of Art and then travels to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, before it arrives at Crystal Bridges.

Community Partners

Crystal Bridges’ Community Partners will host a variety of events and programs to help spread awareness about Border Cantos and to encourage diverse audiences to experience the exhibition. Many thanks to our program partners; click here for event details.

Arkansas Arts Academy
Arkansas United Community Coalition
The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre
Arts Center of the Ozarks
Bentonville Public Library
Cisneros Center for New Americans
Compassion Fayetteville
Engage NWA
Fayetteville Public Library
Feed Communities
The Jones Center
New Design School

Northwest Arkansas Community College
Northwest Arkansas Creative Arts Network
Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center
Springdale Public Library
Stage Eighteen
Stitches Art Collective
University of Arkansas: Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies Program; World
Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department; and the Latin American and Latino
Studies Program
Walmart’s Hispanic Latino Associate Resource Group

Sponsored by

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Bentonville Film Festival, Denise and Hershey Garner, Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Arts Foundation, Frank and Pat Bailey, James and Emily Bost, Lynn and Joel Carver, David and Jane Gearhart, Ferguson Immigration Law,  Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock.


Supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities

Richard Misrach, Wall, east of Nogales, Arizona, 2015 / El muro, al este de Nogales, Arizona, 2015
Pigment print, 60 x 80 inches, Courtesy of the artist