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Conversations at MOCA: Raúl de Nieves + Risa Puleo

Conversations at moca: raul de nieves + risa puleo

Date: Thursday December 3rd, 2020 7:00-8:30 PM

Join artist Raúl De Nieves in conversation with exhibition curator Risa Puleo via zoom as they discuss De Nieves’ exhibition Eternal Return & the Obsidian Heart his history, art and performance practice.

RAÚL DE NIEVES is a multimedia artist, performer, and musician, whose wide-ranging practice investigates notions of beauty and transformation. De Nieves’ visual symbolism draws on both classical Catholic and Mexican vernacular motifs to create his own unique mythology, which often challenges and explores themes of sexuality, the human body, and individual and public histories. Recent solo exhibitions include those at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; Company, New York; Apalazzo, Brescia and Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles. Additional group shows include those at K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong; Swiss Institute, New York; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; The Museum of Art and Design, New York; the Zabludowicz Collection, London as well the 2017 Whitney Biennial and MoMA PS1’s 2015 Greater New York. De Nieves has performed at Documenta 14, Performa 13, MoMA PS1, ICA Philadelphia, The Watermill Center, The Kitchen, Artist’s Space and numerous other venues. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include those at Company, New York; and ICA, Boston. His work is included in public collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. De Nieves was born in 1983 in Michoacan, Mexico and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

RISA PULEO is an independent curator and critic. Her exhibition Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, was curated for Bemis Center for Contemporary Art during her year as curator-in-residence. The exhibition traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Blue Star Contemporary and Southwest School of Art in San Antonio; and The Nerman Art Museum in Overland Park, Kansas. Puleo’s exhibition Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System opened at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston in 2018 and traveled to Tufts University Art Gallery in 2020. Other exhibitions have been hosted by the Leslie Lohman Museum in New York City; Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT; Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, and more. She was a guest curator of Artpace San Antonio’s International Artist-in-Residence Spring 2018 cycle: Rafa Esparza, Kapwani Kiwanga, and Carlos Rosales-Silva. Puleo has master’s degrees from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and Hunter College and is a doctoral candidate in Northwestern University’s art history program. She has written for Art in America, Art Papers, Art 21, Asia Art Pacific, Hyperallergic.com, Modern Painters and other art publications.