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elmuseo@SVA: A Tour with the Artistas

February 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


In collaboration with the School of Visual Arts, join us for a panel discussion with some of the artists featured in elmuseo@SVA: May Contain Moving Parts, including Graciela Cassel, Willie Cole, Franco Frontera, Jon Gómez, Marilyn Narota, Aya Rodríguez-Izumi, and Jenny Santos. The artists will discuss their process and works on view. Moderated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado.



Graciela Cassel is a multimedia artist who works with video installations and sculpture. In her work, she explores ideas of subjectivity, change, and border politics. She was born in Buenos Aires and currently lives in New York City. Cassel has shown her work both in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S., Argentina, and the Netherlands. Her pieces are part of the collections of important institutions such as Citibank, New York, and the Museo del Grabado, Buenos Aires, among others. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York (2014), her MA from New York University (2012), and her BA from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (1980).

Willie Cole is a sculptor based in New York. His work has shown work at Montclair Art Museum (2006), University of Wyoming Art Museum (2006), the Tampa Museum of Art (2004), Miami Art Museum (2001), Bronx Museum of the Arts (2001) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1998). In 2010, a survey exhibition of his work on paper (1975-2010) took place at the James Gallery and later traveled to many cities. In January 2013, Complex Conversations: Willie Cole Sculptures and Wall Works opened at Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

Franco Frontera is a multimedia artist who works with painting and sound. He was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and currently lives in New York. He received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts (2016), and his BFA from the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Santurce, Puerto Rico (2013). He has exhibited his works at individual shows at the Flight Cult Gallery and the Calle Cerra, Puerto Rico (2014). He has also participated in group shows at venues such as the Caribbean Social Club (2016), The Lounge (2016), the Galeria Yemayá (2014), and the Flight Cult Gallery (2013), among others.

Arnaldo Morales is a multimedia artist who works with industrial materials, low-tech manual devices, and mechanical systems. His projects are often interactive and focus on issues of fear, desire, ambition, and pleasure. Born in Puerto Rico, he lives and works in New York City since 1996. He has shown work at El Museo del Barrio, The Americas Society, and White Box (all in New York), the Galería de la Raza (San Francisco), and The Living Art Museum (Reykjavik), among many other venues. Morales’ work is included in important collections across the United States and Puerto Rico, including El Museo del Barrio, and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.

Marilyn Narota combines art and psychology to produce socially engaged installations, sculptures and performance-based videos. She was born in Colombia and currently lives in New York. She holds a MFA from School of Visual Arts (2016), a Post Baccalaureate from Maryland Institute College of Art (2013), and a BA from Williams College (2006). She is the founder of collaborative artist initiatives such as Sly Space, Kaur Studio, FussionArt Magazine, and Artilade Magazine. Her work has been exhibited at the School of Visual Art, The Hole, El Museo de Los Sures, and Project for Empty Space.

Aya Rodriguez-Izumi is a multimedia artist who works with sculpture, music, installation and performance. She has spent her life moving back and forth between New York City and her birthplace of Okinawa, Japan. Being half Cuban/Puerto Rican and Okinawan, socio-cultural identity and communication have always been recurrent topics I her oeuvre. Since graduating from Parsons the New School for Design she has been included in various group shows and has shown at such venues as MoCADA, The Knockdown Center, Free Candy and FLUX Art Fair among others. She is currently an MFA candidate at SVA.

Jenny Santos is a multimedia artist that works predominantly in sculpture and installation. Her work often explores the tension between opinions, reality, and the unstable, shifting appearances of daily life. Santos is a Canadian artist of Filipino ascendance that lives and works in New York City. Santos exhibited recent works at NURTUREart Gallery (2014), New York, and has participated in group exhibitions at the Visual Arts Gallery in New York, and Project 165 in Toronto. She received an MFA at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, (2012), and a BFA at Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto (2007). She received the Ontario Arts Council Visual Artist Grant (2014), among other awards.


February 1
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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