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Conversations at MOCA: The Influence of Tarot on Eternal Return & the Obsidian Heart

Conversations at moca: the influence of tarot on eternal return & the obsidian heart

Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 7:00-8:30 PM

In conjunction with the New Moon in Capricorn please join a conversation with artists and tarot card designers Bobby Abate and Emmy Bright as they interpret Raúl de Nieves’ exhibition Eternal Return & the Obsidian Heart through the frameworks of the tarot.

Moderated by exhibition curator Risa Puleo.



Bobby Abate is queer artist and filmmaker from Callicoon and Brooklyn, New York.   Screenings and exhibitions include The New York Film Festival, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Guggenheim in Bilbao, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Cinematheque, and the ICA in London and Palm Beach.   Film Comment Magazine named Bobby one of the top 25 emerging FILMMAKERS FOR THE 21st CENTURY.  Since 2015, Bobby has refocused his practice on drawing and painting in addition to studying the tarot.  He recently finished a series of 78 works that will become the OUTSIDER TAROT to be released next year. In 2020, Bobby received an artist development grant from the Princess Grace Foundation.

Emmy Bright is an artist working with drawing, writing, print and performance. She holds a BA in Art History from University of Chicago, an M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an MFA in Print Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has recently held exhibitions at the VisArts in Richmond, VA, the Distillery Gallery in Boston, MA, and at Human Resources in Los Angeles, CA.  Her tarot-esque book and deck set,  “More Stupids” was published by 3 Hole Press in Brooklyn, NY this yesr.  Currently, she heads the Print Media Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She lives in Detroit where her work is represented by David Klein Gallery.

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,, Modern Painters and other art publications.