Coco Lopez (b. 1986, New York City) received her MFA from Hunter College in 2013 where she was a research fellow at The Artist’s Institute. She is a recipient of the Graf Travel Grant, which she utilized to research exhibition design at the Royal Museum for the Congo in Belgium and the Troppenmuseum in the Netherlands. Her interdisciplinary research interests are tied to observations of biopolitical power.
In addition to her studio practice she has worked on projects with An Assembly, a Harlem based exhibition-making collective. She has exhibited at the Times Square Gallery, Cuchifritos, the Leubsdorf Gallery, Queens Museum of Art and the Bronx Museum of the Arts as part of the Third Latin American Biennial. She has lectured on the work of Ticio Escobar, the archetype of the tragic mulatta in Hollywood films, and contemporary art’s ties to the state.


On-site Live in Las Galerías from May 21 to June 28, 2014

An Assembly: The Conversationists consists of a rereading of Frederick Douglass’s speech, Pictures and Progress, by invited guests. The invited artists will interpret this text and I will curate their artistic responses in my studio. During this residency I will also be working on a mural and installation as a response to the text.
The conversations and artworks will function as an investigation into the ways socially engaged practice can reshape how histories are discussed. Having space at El Museo to work on this project would be intrinsic to its completion as it is physically and philosophically at the crossroads of my work.”

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For a conversation between Nicolás Dumit Estévez and Coco López, click here.

Photos By Rodrigo Lobos