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Artists Guillermo Galindo and Richard Misrach have been collaborating with one another and with the San Jose Museum of Art to create Border Cantos, an exhibit with performances that documents the unseen, human reality of the US-Mexico borderlands. Misrach’s photographs of the border region show small, poignant traces of human presence-clothing cast off by migrants, kids’ backpacks, the Border Patrol’s “drag” tires–that punctuate the vast landscape. Galindo has been creating hand-sculpted musical instruments from objects scavenged from the area. He also has composed original scores for his assemblage instruments and recordings of his orchestrations are featured in a sound installation at the museum.

The resulting exhibit, Border Cantos: Richard Misrach / Guillermo Galindo presents immense landscape photographs by Misrach alongside Galindo’s musical sculptures and sound pieces. It runs February 26 through July 31, 2016 at the San Jose Museum of Art. Special events include the opening reception on February 25, a lunchtime lecture on March 2, special performances by Galindo on March 6 at MACLA and on May 5 at the San Jose Museum of Art, and more. Tickets are available to the opening (reservations strongly recommended) and to related programs.