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Tour + Talk | ANTONIO LOPEZ: Future Funk Fashion

October 22, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us for a guided tour and talk of ANTONIO LOPEZ: Future Funk Fashion with curator Rocío Aranda Alvarado and artist and Director of the Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, Paul Caranicas, moderated by Alex Fialho Programs Director at Visual AIDS.


Rocío Aranda-Alvarado is Curator at El Museo Del Barrio where she is working on A Brief History of (Some) Things, an exhibition exploring the persistence of Mesoamerican and Indigenous Caribbean imagery in contemporary Latino art. She recently organized MUSEUM STARTER KIT: Open With Care, celebrating the 45th anniversary of El Museo, and LA BIENAL 2013, El Museo’s biennial of emerging artists, as well as the permanent collection exhibition for 2013–14. She is the former curator of the Jersey City Museum. Ms. Aranda-Alvarado is also on the adjunct faculty of the Art Department at the City College of New York, where her writing has appeared in various publications. Born in Santiago, Chile, she received degrees in Art History from Univ. of Maryland, Tulane University and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her curatorial work and research focuses on modern and contemporary art of the Americas.

Paul Caranicas is executor of the Estate of Antonio Lopez & Juan Ramos. He is the author of Antonio’s People on Antonio Lopez’ art, and is an artist and free-lance curator based in New York City. Caranicas was Juan Ramos’ partner from 1971 until Ramos’ death from AIDS in 1995. A graduate of Georgetown University, The Corcoran School of Art and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Caranicas is known for his realist paintings and drawings of architecture often depicted against a marginal landscape. Working in conceptual series, he is fundamentally an “ecological artist,” painting the wastes of capitalism, such as abandoned WWII bunkers, steel military structures, and storage facilities. Usually stationed against a body of water or outlining a limpid sky, these structures have political and intellectual as well as aesthetic implications, referencing the dangerous side of utopianism and its erosion of the natural world. Caranicas has had over twenty solo exhibits in galleries in the US and Europe, and is in the permanent collections of The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Art Gallery.

Alex Fialho, Programs Director at Visual AIDS, has facilitated projects and conversations around both the history and immediacy of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, utilizing art to maintain HIV/AIDS visibility, consider its legacy, and galvanize contemporary response. He has presented his research on the art of Glenn Ligon and Keith Haring at the College Art Association and NYU Fales Library. His extensive oral history interviews with Gregg Bordowitz, Ron Athey, Carrie Yamaoka and Marguerite Van Cook will be part of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art’s forthcoming “Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic Oral History Project.” He also curates exhibitions for Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as Research and Curatorial Associate, and is a frequent contributor to Artforum.com and Artforum International Magazine.

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Program is in partnership with Visual AIDS.

Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS awareness and creating dialogue around HIV issues today, by producing and presenting visual art projects, exhibitions, public forums and publications – while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement. We embrace diversity and difference in our staff, leadership, artists and audiences.


Lead Image: Detail of Antonio Lopez, Portrait: Doze, NYC, 1985, graphite and watercolor on paper, 25.5 x 30.5in, collection of Narciso Rodriguez


October 22, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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