Bringing Back the Future: An Interview with Alicia Grullon by Jehan Roberson in Women & Performance: a Journal of Feminist Theory
June 25th, 2019
"I sat down to talk with artist Alicia Grullón unsure of where we might go, but certain we’d address where we have been. Having met through my job and her artist residency at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, I knew Alicia’s work to be fiercely powerful and firmly rooted in the histories, voices, discussions, and love for people of color. It is this love, this unwavering dedication to communities of color, to our artistry, our histories, our beauty and our trauma that is the heartbeat of her work. She spans disciplines, geographies, and temporalities. What I appreciate most about her work is that it requires something of you. Through her acts of reckoning and of recuperation, she embodies adrienne maree brown’s concept of imaginative power, affirming that “it is our right and responsibility to write ourselves into the future.”
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Review in Gothamist for What is Here is Open
Visiting The DSNY's Museum Of Trash, A Tribute To New York & Nostalgia
June 25th, 2019
by Xavier Rubira
“This is a collection of the past, but it represents the present and the future at the same time," said Hi-ARTS Executive Director Raymond Codrington. “The collection evolves, it hasn’t stayed static.” Codrington is a cultural anthropologist who has been working with co-curators Alicia Grullón and Molina on the exhibit, which opens this Wednesday, June 26th. The exhibit will feature a series of art installations by several NYC based artists that gained inspiration from Molina’s collection. Molina and Grullón will be adding items from the Treasures in the Trash Collection to each installation; we dropped by there last week as they were pulling some final pieces.
They didn’t really know what the exhibit’s theme would be until recently, but Grullón says, “We are almost creating a home… Seeing who is here and who has been here.” She points to how real estate has played a serious role in New York’s shifting demographics, shaping entire neighborhoods, and how that is visible through discarded items.
"We’re not seeing each other as people with homes, with things that are dear to us, with memories, with experiences that shape a community, that shape a neighborhood, shape a block," said Grullon. "That humanity has been stripped because we start seeing apartments as these dollar signs that can be traded in and you can’t trade in people’s experiences, and stories, and lives."
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
Co-curator of "What is Here is Open: Selection from the Museum of Trash Collection"
What is Here is Open: Selections from the Treasures in theTrash Collection
Curated by Alicia Grullón and Nelson Molina
June 26 - September 14, 2019
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
119th Street and 3rd Avenue
Wed. to Sat. 12-5
Participating Artists: Tomie Arai, Dominique Duroseau, Maria Hupfield, Coronado Print Collective (Pepe Coronado, Leslie Jiménez and Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez), Shellyne Rodríguez
For over 30 years, Nelson Molina worked for the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) as a sanitation worker. His regular pick up routes were in Manhattan 11, a district bordered by 96th Street to 106th Street between First and Fifth Avenues. While he worked, he found many objects; some that needed repair and others that were fully intact.
As hundreds and hundreds of objects amassed, Molina created the Treasures in the Trash Collection inside DSNY’s garage. The result of Molina’s labor of love is a collection of objects that range from carefully posed, century-old framed family portraits to needle point; from lost cassettes to castaway Buddha statues; from colorful Pez dispensers to clocks and 8mm films. Each object has become a rescued moment, recovered by Molina’s sense for the importance of place, sustainability, and community.
What is Here is Open: Selections from the Treasures in the Trash Collection is an exhibition that places works by seven New York City-based contemporary artists alongside a selection of Molina’s found objects. Molina, along with curator Alicia Grullón, will choose objects from the Treasures in the Trash Collection to accompany the contemporary artists’ works, creating unique, site-specific installations at the Hunter East Harlem Gallery. These ephemeral installations blur the lines between art, memory, and archive, and take on both an anthropological and artistic resolve that rests in community’s vision of itself. The resulting project emphasizes the artistic and curatorial processes of those who make, those who collect, and those who arrange, engaging the similarities among these actions.
 Decolonization Now: Ground for Action Workshop, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University
hemisphericinstitute.org/en/encuentro-c? Decolonization Now: Ground for Action|
Co-Facilitated with With Nitasha Dhillion
As one of the G20 nations, Mexico City is the perfect venue to bring together a hemispheric group to think through how the goals of decolonization and decoloniality can shape our work as artists, activists, and academics in the post-neoliberal world. This group will make field visits both to pay respect to indigenous and black sites of resistance and to learn about the Mexico City metropolitan area, with 21 million people, average age 27, 56% access to the Internet, and 60% informal housing threatened by biosphere crisis. This is the ground for present-day decolonization. The workshop will work towards creating a collaborative, free, downloadable decolonized “curriculum” in the sense of Paulo Freire’s “practices of freedom.” How can decolonizing remain grounded, continue to make territorial acknowledgements, advocate for restitution and reparations, and create new perception under these ever-changing conditions?
Format and structure:
In the workshop, all participants will share ideas and work from their own region and particular interests. The goal is to begin the work of collaboration by coming to understand each other’s situations, and to form community. While people of all experiences are welcome, this is not conceived as an “introduction to decolonizing” workshop but as a place for people working through the many challenges of the present to learn by sharing and through mutual support. The workshop intends to bring together practitioners, academics, and activists to share skills, knowledges and possibilities.
Faculty Feature: Alicia Grullon
Faculty Feature: Alicia Grullón
RISK-TAKING AND RADICALISM WITH AN ARTIST-ACTIVIST
May 13, 2019
by Keren Moscovitch
Alicia Grullón is a multidisciplinary artist who uses New York City’s streets to instigate socially and politically motivated performance interventions. Grullón seeks to actively change the spaces in which she operates, in collaboration with the myriad diverse communities of the city. Her work as an artist-activist exemplifies the symbiotic relationship between artist and place. She is on the faculty of SVA’s City as Site summer residency, and is teaching a new SVACE course, Radical Aesthetics of Art.
Not Neutral Miller Institute of Contemporary Art at Carnegie Mellon University
Not Neutral - Salon Series
Guest respondents: ​Deana Haggag, ​Jongwoo Jeremy Kim, Alicia Grullon, LaTanya S. Autry
May 6, 6-8pm
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READ Research and References from our Guest Respondents.​
In his response to the Walker Art Center's call for New Year Resolutions, Anthony Romero makes a suggestion to arts institutions to: "Recall that your institution is not part of some distant European colonial past but remains part of the ongoing project of colonial domination and that your function as a bastion of cultural legitimacy and valuation is predicated not only on your participation in the enduring colonial project of displacement and erasure but those of capitalism, hetero-patriarchy, able-ism, and white supremacy, as well." This series takes up Romero’s prompt for it’s May Salon: Not Neutral. This discussion will focus on how institutional practices assume a neutrality of place, or experience, and will explore how these false presumptions of neutrality belie the complex and often violent histories and structures that maintain its existence.
The Miller ICA Salons are facilitated topical conversations that include the general public and guest respondents whose life practice explores the chosen topic. The goal of these Salons is to animate engaged citizenship through conversation and exchange across difference and discipline in free public space. The 2019 Miller ICA Salons are a co-organized by the Miller ICA and facilitator, Dana Bishop-Root, who is an artist living and working in Braddock, PA.
Free + open to the public
Protesting the Art Industry and the Money Behind Museums
In full support of the letter asking for the removal of war profiteer board member W. Kanders by 100 Whitney staff members and the 9 series of actions by the collective Decolonize This Place.
Please read the entire series!!! It is brilliant work by comic artist CM Campbell in Hyperallergic.
All vital and important to art history and society on the whole.
Protesting the Art Industry and the Money Behind Museums
This is the third installment in a six-part series by the artist that will be published every day this week (Mon–Sat) regarding the recent Whitney Museum protests and the issues at stake.
Announcing VOLTA Cares 2019 Artist Partnership
NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 5, 2019: VOLTA is pleased to announce Alicia Grullón as the 2019 VOLTA Cares artist collaborator. This New York-based artist, curator, and activist from the Bronx partners with Kelly Street Garden (KSG) and oversees the design of the 2019 VOLTA tote bag.
"Grullón notes that, “Community gardens are such an important part of New York City history. They are sites of self-determination — a history rooted in Indigenous land rights, Black liberation, and migrant rights. The most impactful quality of community gardens is that they come out of a love of place and people. That's the heart of a community. In a concrete world as we live in, they are instrumental in centering us to the soil and place and understanding that we live on Lenape Land, and are disconnected from that history due to colonialism."
Exhibits: PELEA Visual Responses to Spatial Precarity
Our first exhibit PELEA: Visual Responses to Spatial Precarity explored how artists respond to displacement through their work and practice and provided a platform to examine visual strategies among contemporary Latinx artists. The show was curated by our inaugural artist in residence Shellyne Rodriguez with support from the Latinx Project’s curatorial team. The show ran from February 15th through May 11th, 2019 at the King Juan Carlos Center. You can access the exhibition catalog here: PELEA Exhibition Catalog
Participating artists were Groana Melendez, Francisca Benítez, Melissa Calderón, Mi Casa No es Su Casa, Alicia Grullón, Jehdy Vargas, Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Roy Baizan, and Shellyne Rodriguez. Their bios are below. The exhibition was cosponsored by NYU’s King Juan Carlos Center.
Group Exhibition in Harlem at White Box. Waiting for the Garden of Eden.
Panel at New York University and VoltaCares!
Thu 02/28 Panel Discussion A Connection to Power: On Art, Land, and Food Sovereignty
Thursday, February 28th, 2019
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
"Peoples and communities have the right to maintain their own spiritual and material relationships to their lands...this implies the full recognition of their laws, traditions, customs, tenure systems, and institutions, and constitutes the recognition of the self-determination and autonomy of peoples." (Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology, Nyéléni, Mali, February 27, 2015)
What possibilities in art and community-centered agriculture contribute toward re-establishing dispossessed people’s relationship to land as a means to reclaiming the commons and undoing settler-colonial structures? A Connection to Power: On Art, Land, and Food Sovereignty features artists, activists, and urban farmers discussing movements around indigenous land rights, black liberation, food justice, and art in the midst of climate change.
Organized and moderated by Hemi Artist in Residence Alicia Grullon, in association with VoltaCares and the VOLTA Art Fair, panelists include Sheryll Durrant from the Kelly Street Garden Bronx in the South Bronx, artist and activist Marz Saffore from Decolonize This Place, and Indigenous rights activist Monte Stevens Jr. from the Colorado River Indian Tribes. This discussion will consider artistic practices and food-growing as acts of self-defense that are essential to surviving devastating environmental changes. A reception will follow.
Alicia Grullón, a 2018-2019 Hemi Artist in Residence, directs her interdisciplinary practice towards critiques of the politics of presence, arguing for the inclusion of disenfranchised communities in political and social spheres. She is co-organizer and co-author of the People’s Cultural Plan, a coalition of artists, cultural workers, and activists responding to New York City’s first ever cultural plan in 2017. Her work has been shown at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery, BRIC Arts, Spring/Break Art Show, and Performa 11, among others. Grullón is also a contributing author to Rhetoric, Social Value and the Arts: But How Does it Work?, ed. Nicola Mann and Charlotte Bonham-Carter (Palgrave Macmillan, London). Recent activities include the Shandaken Project inaugural artist residency on Governors Island and the Bronx Museum of the Arts AIM Alum program at 80 White Street. Grullón is an adjunct professor at The School of Visual Arts and City University of New York (CUNY).
A former marketing executive, Sheryll Durrant is an urban farmer, educator, food justice advocate, and a graduate of Farm School NYC. A 2015 Fellow of the Design Trust for Public Space, Durrant is currently the Garden Manager at Kelly Street Garden, and Farm Coordinator for New Roots Community Farm, managed by International Rescue Committee (IRC) — both in the South Bronx. Named by Food Tank as one of the Leading Food System Thinkers, Durrant’s work has been featured in The New York Times, WNYC, Yes! Magazine, and Ecowatch. Kelly Street Garden was recognized by the United Nations as one of only 3 gardens in North America for the "Feed Your City" initiative in 2017. As director of the urban farm and garden program for Sustainable Flatbush, Durrant developed community based urban agricultural projects in Brooklyn including a medicinal and culinary herb garden as an outdoor classroom on the grounds of The Flatbush Reformed Church, in partnership with Sacred Vibes Apothecary. She has presented workshops and talks at the MET Breuer, Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference, Just Food, and Green Thumb Grow Together Conference.
Marz Saffore is a co-founder and co-facilitator of Decolonize This Place (DTP), an action-oriented movement centering around Indigenous struggle, Black liberation, free Palestine, global wage workers and de-gentrification, and a member of MTL+ Collective. Since 2016, DTP has organized an Indigenous Peoples Day/Anti-Columbus Day tour of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Saffore is currently working on a PhD in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Art & Art Professions at NYU Steinhardt.
Monte Stevens Jr. is a water protector and proud member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. Grandchild of Radical American Indian Movement activists, Stevens was raised with future-oriented parents who provided a foundation for their political views around Indigenous people, queerness, settler-colonialism, white supremacy, and academic supremacy. Stevens’ resistance has been through their existence as a femme queer Indigenous individual. Involved in direct actions against the Army Corp of Engineers on the atrocities at Standing Rock, Stevens has extended their activism in New York City to support efforts to build decolonization commissions in NYC museums, and to repatriate stolen artifacts to Indigenous communities. Stevens is currently pursuing social work studies at New York University.
About VOLTA Cares:
VOLTA New York is a contemporary art fair comprised of solo projects by leading and emerging international artists. VOLTA Cares was initiated in 2018 as a multitiered social programming outreach by the New York fair to more meaningfully connect with all levels of cultural purveyors, from public school students to patron collectors.
This event is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings. 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue.
Image: Empanar! 2018. Print. Artist: Alicia Grullón. Image courtesy by the artist.
Environmental Empathies at St. Francis College curated by Katherine Gressel
Surge is showing at St. Francis College through March 28th, 2019
Up until May 11th at New York University, Latinx Project "Pelea"
Showing "5 Speeches" in this dynamite group show at NYU from the LatinX Project
Shandaken Projects Governors Island! Residency through August 2019
In Hyperallergic! Review Of Urban Ecological Consciousness
Review by Louis Bury in Hyperallergic
Alicia Grullón’s short film, "Surge" (2018), stands out in this context because it is a single artwork rather than a distillation of a social practice project. The film’s clever conceit — that it is a trailer for a longer Hollywood movie — lampoons the sensationalism of pop cinematic representations of climate change. An imagistic montage of floods and political protests (such as Black Lives Matter and Standing Rock) passes onscreen, as the New York City Teen Poet Laureate Aaliyah Daniels voices over an untitled poem of hers about environmental racism. Surge is an important reminder that climate change impacts the present, not just a distant apocalyptic future, and that its harms are distributed unequally along race and class lines.
BRIC Presents Reenactment, Where Artists of Color Examine Historical Reenactment in Contemporary Art
BRIC is pleased to present Reenactment, on view January 18 through February 25 at BRIC House, Downtown Brooklyn’s largest contemporary art gallery. An Opening Reception will take place on January 17 from 7-9pm that is free and open to the public.
This group exhibition — curated by Jenny Gerow, Assistant Curator at BRIC —will examine the aesthetics and politics of historical reenactment in contemporary art. In traditional reenactments, events like the American Revolution and Civil War are embodied by amateur performers using storytelling and props, all too often approaching history as unchangeable and absolute. Through work in performance, video, and photography, this exhibition looks at six artists of color who are unsettling cultural mythologies and origin stories, and who approach history as fluid. The histories represented range from the Battle of Brooklyn to the refugee crisis in Syria, exploring race, identity, and representation, and asserting the lived experiences of people left out of history.
The exhibition features work by Crystal Z. Campbell, Ken Gonzales-Day, Maria Hupfield, Alicia Grullón, Farideh Sakhaeifar, and Marisa Williamson.
Associated public programs include Coffee & Conversation, a Saturday tour and gallery talk on February 3 at 12pm; and a Performance & Discussion by some of the artists on February 7 & 9 at 7pm.
Her Art Will be Cannibal
Jan. 16 through Mar. 7, 2018
Curator: Alicia Grullón
Her Art Will Be Cannibal, curated by interdisciplinary artist Alicia Grullón, is inspired by the work of the Martinique poet Suzanne Césaire and her book “The Great Camouflage: Writings of Dissent (1941-44).” Artworks in this exhibition break down patriarchy, class, and racial paradigms in contemporary contexts, re-stating and affirming the discourse of art from the view of women. Moving through photography, video, text, performance and drawing, their work serves as a manifesto, uncompromising in beliefs and identities. The exhibit highlights a narrative of humanness seldom given visibility, and allows room for the artists’ visions to take over.
Participating Artists:Damali Abrams, Francheska Alcántara, Chloë Bass, Ayana Evans, Jessica Lagunas, Shellyne Rodriguez and Misra Walker. Engaging public programs will include four performances and one panel discussion with participating artists.
Image: Ayana Evans, I Carry You and You Carry Me in Martinique, Collaborative performance with
Tsedaye Makonnen as part of FIAP 2017, Forte d'France, Martinique. Digital Photography by JB Garret.
Performance Art Documentation Series.
Hyperallergic 120 Prominent Artists and Scholars
Today, more than 120 prominent scholars and artists have signed and sent a letter to the Commission — and shared it exclusively with Hyperallergic — calling for the removal of three monuments and two historic markers. The signatories include such well-known art historians as Ariella Azoulay, Claire Bishop, Lucy Lippard, Fred Moten, Deborah Willis, Gregory Sholette, and Hal Foster, and artists, including Alicia Grullon, Jackson Polys, and Martha Rosler.
Activism in support of Chinatown Art Brigade
Alicia Grullon, who was a speaker representing Mothers on the Move (MOM) at Sunday’s protest, was disappointed by the artist’s response.
“Since Fast completely missed the point of Sunday’s protest, here’s perhaps a critique he might understand,” she wrote to Hyperallergic in a long email reflecting on Fast’s video piece also on display at the James Cohan Gallery. The video is inspired by the life of August Sander, the German photographer. She believes Sander’s work may touch on a few things that Fast may be missing.
“As noted on the Tate Museum’s website, ‘Five Things to Know About August Sander‘: ‘Sander once said ‘The portrait is your mirror. It’s you.’ He believed that, through photography, he could reveal the characteristic traits of people. He used these images to tell each person’s story; their profession, politics, social situation and background.’
“Beyond superficial observation, the depth of Sanders’s relationship is in the exchange occurring in the lens — the comfort in the space allowing what needs to be said about a very specific place and time. This level of connection is one for which many documentary photographers aim. If Omer Fast (and on that note the curatorial team at James Cohan as well) had dedicated research, thought, and care in understanding Sanders’s portraits as testaments of successful relationships between artist and subject, Fast’s rather empty installation of a Chinatown shop before gentrification, as noted in his artist statement, could have been avoided. Yet perhaps the installation is a portrait of Fast — shallow and blinded by the colonized gaze.”
New Gallery on the Block
Alicia Grullón is sitting at what looks like a kitchen table, telling stories from her past—sometimes in English, sometimes in Spanish. There’s one story in which she reads a love letter written to her grandmother almost 100 years ago. And then, in another story, Grullón says that she can’t read. There’s a part where she sings a jazz standard, “All of Me”: “Your goodbye / Left me with eyes that cry / How can I / Get along without you?” Her singing reminds me of when Rodolpho sings “Paper Doll” in the first act of A View From the Bridge, all tender and earnest.
Grullón finishes and pauses for a moment. “That was my song.”
Grullón is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Bronx. This video project, called Storytelling, is playing on a small screen in Columbia’s Wallach Art Gallery, which is open to the public. She is the Wallach Network Fellow there, a role created to help build the gallery’s relationship with the local community, and Grullón made this video as part of her work as a fellow.
Activism in support of Chinatown Art Brigade
Alicia Grullón of MOM made the most impassioned speech as she held up her copy of Edward Said’s well-known post-colonial theoretical text, Orientalism, and said, “I brought this because it appears that the [James] Cohan Gallery and Omer Fast missed that class.”
She continued, speaking in a manner that sounded like the declaration of a manifesto:
You will not use art to erase us. You will not use art to displace us. You will not use art to profit off our backs. You will not use art to shape us in what you want us to appear. 'Find another connection to the rest of the world. Find something else to make you legitimate. Find another way to be political and hip. We will not be the bridge to your riches and success. We will not be the bridge to your humanness. Forget it. Stretch or drown, evolve or go extinct'.
People's Cultural Plan Responds to Create NYC
Continued work with colleagues on the People's Cultural Plan.
New Yorkers face a massive crisis in housing and affordability and huge inequities in funding for arts and culture. Public land is being sold off to developers; homelessness is reaching heights not seen in the city since the Great Depression; and most of the arts community hangs on by a thread. We need a cultural plan matching the scale of the crisis, proposing bold, courageous action — but Mayor de Blasio’s “CreateNYC” Cultural Plan disappoints, with its cosmetic and feel-good narrative. Where’s the activist mayor who pledged to fight Albany so that New York City could collect higher income taxes? Where are the City Council members who faced arrest protesting the 2015 expiration of the rent laws?
We’re pleased that CreateNYC highlights the need for greater equity, seeking to make our cultural institutions more inclusive. This mandate reflects a commitment to the work begun in 2015 with the Department of Cultural Affairs’ (DCLA) first ever diversity survey — whose results informed some of our work on the People’s Cultural Plan (PCP). We’ll continue to encourage such efforts and take action to fix this malignant problem. It’s imperative that New York take the lead, because New York is a city of color.
Nonetheless, CreateNYC is missing fundamental components, which fall broadly into two categories: the lack of concrete funding commitments, and the absence of adequate anti-displacement policies. We will address funding first, because CreateNYC was undertaken by the DCLA, whose primary mission is to fund cultural organizations.
Artist Residency! 2017-2018
In Harlem a new Triennial parses the historical
Alicia Grullón‘s “Storytelling” (2017), a video piece that comes out of the time the artist spent with the residents of Jackie Robinson Senior Center at the Grant Houses on Broadway and 125th Street. The video consists of her foregrounded re-enactments of selected moments within the lives of the people she spoke to, while in the background, a mix of images constantly shift to give historical context to the story she is telling. There is something in Grullón’s concern for these otherwise invisible lives that is genuine and touching.
Mention in the Village Voice
Among other works, Alicia Grullón’s new video performance stands out. The artist spent time at the senior center in the nearby Grant Houses public housing complex; she enacts stories the residents told her, mixing video of life at the center with archival images relevant to their tales
New York Times Review of "Uptown"
Columbia’s New Harlem Museum Opens, With Art From Its Neighbors by Jason Farago June 1, 2017
And Alicia Grullón — from the Bronx, technically, though a fellow of the Wallach — embedded herself in the senior citizens’ center of the Grant Houses, a public-housing project not far from this gallery, to listen to the life stories of its longtime residents. Her video “Storytelling” sees Ms. Grullón winningly narrate their histories and dreams, in both English and Spanish, against a digital backdrop of Hollywood clips, Billie Holiday concerts and documentary video of the old-age home.
Brooklyn Museum for Target First Saturday Community Resource Fair presenting PERCENT FOR GREEN
June 3rd from 7-8:30 I will be at the Brooklyn Museum for Target First Saturday Community Resource Fair presenting PERCENT FOR GREEN- my on going project focused on passing green legislation in NYC addressing climate change. I will be with climate Scientist Dr. Debra Tillinger and some mermaid surprises.
#climatechange #percentforgreen #mermaid #parisaccord #environmentaljustice #targetfirstsaturdaysbkm #wewatedarevolution #PRIDE
New Piece for "Uptown" triennial opening June 1st 6-8 pm Wallach Art Gallery
Columbia University Starts ‘Uptown’ Triennial for Artists Living and Working in Upper Manhattan
Columbia University Starts ‘Uptown’ Triennial for Artists Living and Working in Upper Manhattan
#aliciagrullon #uptown #nyc #art #harlem #storytelling #place #video #performance
Please join us for the 21st annual building-wide Open Studios!
Join me, at AAI open studios where I will be a guest! this weekend May 19-20th.
#aliciagrullon #guest #artistsallianceinc #openstudios #weekend #nyc #art #fun
Artists and Activists Propose a “People’s Cultural Plan” for New York City
Artists and Activists Propose a “People’s Cultural Plan” for New York City
#culturalplan #peoplesculturalplan #artists #activists #equity #justice #nyc
Artists Propose Alternate Cultural Funding Plan for NYC
Occupy Museums Staged an Unofficial “Graduation” at the Whitney
#aliciagrullon #occupymuseums #whitneybiennial #debtfair
Confronting Power and Privilege: Community Art & Activism in NYC
A History of Performance Art as Protest at the 8th Floor On April 26, Martha Wilson will bring together a slew of artist-activists for a teach-in
A History of Performance Art as Protest at the 8th Floor On April 26, Martha Wilson will bring together a slew of artist-activists for a teach-in
#political #art #percentforgreen #marthawilson #Rubinfoundation
A New Cultural Plan for NYC Runs into Objections from Artists
Care as Culture: Scientists, Activists, and Artists at Queens Museum
Enacting Stillness at the 8th Floor
On yet another (“An Auto-Ethnographic Study: The Bronx,” 2008), Alicia Grullón engages Bronx pedestrians in discussions about gentrification while wearing a newspaper papier-maché mask unnervingly redolent of Hannibal Lecter. Each of these performance gestures constitutes a tiny act of bodily resistance whose efficacy depends precisely on its smallness.
Bronx panel- Artists Space November 5th, 2016
The 8th Floor Panel "Fair Care"
#RubinFoundation #ArtandSocialJusitice #The8thFloor
"Filibuster #2", 2016 at SMACK MELLON
Friday, June 17, 11:30am-8pm: Filibuster #2
In Of the People curated by Erin Donnelly
For this live re-enactment of Senator Bernie Sanders' Bush Tax Cuts filibuster, the interdisciplinary artist will follow strict filibustering rules: continual speaking, no bathroom break, no sitting or leaning and no eating or drinking until the 8.5-hour performance is complete.
Eliciting public reactions from the finger to the fist pump during its cross-country tour this year, the T.RUMP Bus by t.Rutt (Mary Mihelic & David Gleeson) will make a stop in Brooklyn, while in the gallery, Alicia Grullon’s endurance performance of Filibuster #2 strives to withstand the force of income inequality. The closing reception includes Martha Wilson as Donald Trump – Politics and Performance Art Are One and the Same and a panel discussion with select exhibition artists.
"The Political Art of Alicia Grullon" Hyperallergic
"Stepping into History" Creative Time Reports
Blouin Artinfo Blogs "An Endurance Performance"
Photo by: Angelys Ocana
Editors' Pick: 10 Art Events to see
"3. Alicia Grullón, Filibuster performance at BRIC House
Alicia Grullón is taking on the Texas senate in her upcoming Filibuster performance at BRIC House, where the artist will re-enact all eleven hours of senator Wendy Davis' 2013 filibuster against a sweeping anti-abortion bill that would have shut down 37 out of 42 abortion clinics in the state. Despite Davis' efforts, Texas House Bill 2 passed that same year, restricting access to reproductive health centers, and creating nightmare scenarios for women.
Grullón's previous performances include No Cookies (2010), where she recreated protesting workers' signs at the Stella D'oro cookie factory in the Bronx, and Illegal Death (2007), where the artist "re-enacted" the death of a young undocumented Honduran worker who froze near Huntington Station that same year."
The performance can be streamed online.
Image by: Jason Wyche
Location: 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
Time: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
BRIC blog on filibuster
It began with a pair of pink Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider 16 Running Shoes. On June 25, 2013, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis stood for 11 hours in these pink sneakers, filibustering against a restrictive abortion bill and creating history. Bronx artist Alicia Grullón will recreate this piece of history in its entirety (in an identical pair of pink Mizuno shoes) from 10am until 9pm Wednesday, April 13 at BRIC House.
By inserting herself, a woman of color, into the Senator’s role, Grullón’s reenactment becomes the retelling of a historic moment from a new point of view. Charged with fresh cultural, social, and political significance—it also questions, as Grullón said, “how stories change when you change the face of an actor.”
The sneakers Wendy Davis wore - Grullon will wear the same ones.
The sneakers Wendy Davis wore – Grullon will wear the same ones.
Grullón’s piece, Filibuster, reflects on the platforms provided to the empowered, a key women’s rights issue, and the filibuster as a specific form of speech. Grullón channels her interdisciplinary approach, using performance, video, and photography, into criticism on the politics of presence. She argues for the inclusion of disenfranchised communities in political and social spheres by way of social interventions and performative reenactments that assert the lived experiences of people left out of, or in this case, central to history.
“I started doing reenactments in 2007 with Illegal Death, where I reenacted the death of an undocumented worker who was found frozen to death in a forest on Long Island,” Grullón said. “He had been living out there near an LIRR station and was found several days later.”
Grullón stood for four hours in the snow in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx during her performance. Thereafter, she planned a series of reenactments of true events including Senator Bernie Sanders’ 8.5-hour talk to filibuster the extension of the Bush tax cuts, a Korean farmer’s protest at the WTO Cancun conference, and an aspect of Amadou Diallo’s murder.
“Senator Davis’ filibuster fell along the lines of these other events where moments of protest or tragedy highlight the impact of imbalanced history and policies on the social sphere and on the body of other[s],” Grullón said. “Her filibuster on women’s healthcare highlighted and reignited the necessity for an equitable feminist history and a call for younger women of color to take the lead since many of the women affected by the closing of clinics are poor and/or of color.”
For Grullón, the alternative narratives that emerge from these socially engaged practices consider race, class, gender, activism, and the inner-workings of all four as they shape the contemporary social condition.
This event takes place as part of the Whisper or Shout: Artists in the Social Sphere exhibition, a show interested in the communication methods of artists involved in critical social and political issues.
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13
Performance: Filibuster at BRIC House
Alicia Grullón will perform Filibuster, a work that reenacts Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’s iconic 2013 filibuster to block an abortion bill in its entirety. During this 11-hour period, Davis wasn’t permitted to sit down, drink water, go to the bathroom, or deviate from the topic at hand. A press release states, “By mirroring Davis’ feat, Grullón not only performs a significant moment in the history of women’s rights, but, as a Latina, also brings forward broader issues, such as poor women’s access to health care, cultural norms related to abortion, and cultural stereotypes.” Filibuster is part of a larger group show ongoing at BRIC House titled “Whisper or Shout: Artists in the Social Sphere,” which examines social justice issues through different forms of communication.
BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street, 10 a.m.—9 p.m.
The Brooklyn Paper- Filibuster
on a Panel at SVA
Some links of reviews for "Crushing Debt"
RECALL Interview with Performance is Alive
A link to a nice interview with Quinn Dukes of Performance is Alive for RECALL, Art in Odd Places 10 year impact on 14th street.
Creative Time Summit 2015
a workshop for Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts October 2015
Ecologic on WBAI!
A fun night and great conversation with activists from around NYC on ecologic from Pacifica Radio o WBAI 99.5FM. A great host Ken Gale and David Occhiuto.
Queens Museum Presentation for USSEA on July 18, 2015
I will be presenting and talking about PERCENT FOR GREEN for the United States Society for Education in the Arts Regional Conference. It opens on July 17 through July 19th. My session is on Saturday.
The results from an exciting panel I was on, "Shifting Sands: New Dynamics in the Bronx Art Scene". Bueys must have been on the rafters
July 22 UPTOWN BOUNCE- El MUSEO DEL BARRIO
AT EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO
Join us for a variety of events, including a guided tour of both Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio, brief artist talks in the galleries featuring artists Miguel Luciano and Shellyne Rodriguez from our exhibition PRESENTE! The Young Lords in New York. In our courtyard, Alicia Grullón presents her interactive performance Pick It!, in which she invites audience members to create signs protesting an issue of their choice. Also outside, enjoy sidewalk shenanigans by FEEGZ and crew. El Café features the musical stylings of DJ Turmix, a specialist in Boogaloo which was a favorite of the Young Lords and their generation; and video projections by Louis Cameron
Creative Time Salon- Panel
I was on a great panel discussing Marc Bathmuti Joseph's "Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos" earlier this month. Here's some info:
BLACK JOY SALON HOSTS: EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO
& LA CASA AZUL BOOKSTORE
FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 4PM – 6PM
EL CAFE @ EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO, 1230 5TH AVENUE
In collaboration with Creative Time and La Casa Azul Bookstore, El Museo del Barrio presents a roundtable discussion on themes in Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s new artwork, Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos. The piece will unfurl under a parachute on the Great Hill of Central Park on Fridays and Saturdays from May 15 to June 20 as part of Drifting in Daylight: Art in Central Park, a free public art exhibition co-presented by Creative Time and the Central Park Conservancy.
El Museo invites the public to discuss ideas related to black joy, #blacklivesmatter, and other related themes in its cafe space. Performance artist Alicia Grullon, multidisciplinary artist Shani Peters and spoken word poet LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs will join Professor Tanya Katerí Hernández, author of Racial Subordination in Latin America: The Role of the State, Customary Law, and the New Civil Rights Response in discussing these topics. Everyone is invited to participate.
Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos is a cycle of musical, dance and spoken word poetry performances that evoke “black joy” at the permeable boundary of northern Central Park. Invoking the history of Central Park, the legacy of hip-hop, the Great Migration, New Orleans ‘second line’ parades and contemporary racial politics, Marc Bamuthi Joseph has composed a vibrant and participatory performance that moves through the Park’s paths, congregating regularly under a parachute-turned-revival-tent for moments of intimate performance and celebration from 12:00-6:00pm every Friday and Saturday. The Harlem community is invited to salons and picnics around the artwork on the Great Hill lawn.
Some nice PR on the Department of Cultural Affairs site!
SOLO EXHIBITION AT CASITA MARIA APRIL 22ND TO JUNE 24TH
It's a survey of my projects to date. So excited to be working with Christine Licata curator and the incredible community of Casita Maria staff and youth.
Documentation from PERCENT FOR GREEN up at the Manny Cantor Center for Arts in the LES
Friday March 6 Bronx Speaks: Making Place
I will be performing and exhibition my video piece, "Morir Sonando" at the Bronx Museum of the Arts presented by the Bronx Arts Alliance in concert with New York Armory Arts Week. Opening reception from 6-10 pm.
Work included in Luciano Benetton's Imago Mundi Project
A great directory featuring Bronx artists. Have a look!
Interview with artist Nicolas Dumit Estevez
Read my interview with Nicolas Dumit Estevez. Please scroll down to the link below the images. THe interview will either open in your browser or download.
Thoughts on the Gramsci Monument
Read an on-going dialogue moderated by A Blade of Grass on the Gramsci Monument by Thomas Hirschhorn. Read my comment in relations to some wonderful contributions by curators, critics, and educators.
Huffington Post reporter Marcia Yerman quoted me in regards to the Marisol exhibition at El Museo del Barrio and the exhibition's influence on my work during my residency.
Artist in residency at El Museo del Barrio. Now! through December
New Work at #El Museo del Barrio. It's been an exciting time to create art and in light of recent events an important one to use art. See the work I have created Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11-6 at 104th and 5th Avenue. Thanks!
Artist Talk El Museo del Barrio. "Day In, Day Out: Art as Social Engagement"
This was an exciting opportunity to be on stage with some of my favorite artists. Moderated by Nicolas Dumit Estevez I shared the stage with the Guerrilla Girls, Juan Sanchez and Mary Ting. What a humbling experience to be with them.
Interviews of artists
I love to do interviews especially about art, culture, current events, and the city. Read the following interviews I did for the Bronx Documentary Project.
Sean Paul Gallegos:
CPI with First Street Green
CPI in collaboration with First Street Green, is producing a series of public roundtable discussions, architectural installations, and activities in July and August 2014. I am co-facilitating a roundtable discussion with Ed Woodman, Balancing Connections: What to Expect When Trying to Save the World Through Social Practice Art on August 10th, 2014.
Boogie On the Boulevard
From 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday August 3, I will have a PERCENT FOR GREEN booth as part of Boogie On the Boulevard! Come talk about problems in your area! Learn about the Percent for Green Bill!
The center lanes will be closed to vehicular traffic from 165th - 167th Streets (it’s actually four city blocks).
Radical Women Building Resilient Communities Summit
Panelist, August 3, 2014, 1:00 to 3:30 at the Point CDC, 940 Garrison Avenue Bronx , NY Brought to you by Tanya Fields and The Blk Projeck
*Press for PERCENT FOR GREEN*
A great review of PERCENT FOR GREEN by the very gracious people at Art in Odd Places.
*April 10 London Association of Art Historians*
I will be speaking in London in April on my project PERCENT FOR GREEN for an academic session, "But How Does it Work?"
Association of Art Historians 2014
40th Anniversary Conference & Bookfair
Royal College of Art, London
10 - 12 April 2014
*Book Launch AIOP: Ritual*
Art in Odd Places RITUAL - Catalogue Launch
Tuesday, December 17, 5:30-7:30pm
Panel Discussion at 6:15pm
AiOP RITUAL co-curator Kalia Brooks, Rob Andrews,
Moderated by catalogue editor, Juliana Driever
360 Court Street, Brooklyn
Subway F/G to Carroll Street
near the President Street exit
Enter through the green doors
RSVP by December 16 at noon to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Whitney Kimball review Bronx Calling AIM Biennial 2013*
excerpt from artfcity.com/2013/08/08/at-the-bronx-mu?
"In the social department, though, nobody rivals Alicia Grullon, who begs the camera for spare change in her video Five Speeches. Regular MTA riders know them all: defensive, apologetic, hopeless, uplifting, and entertaining. “I live in a homeless shelter and need some food for me and my kid,” she explains in the first speech. “No, I don’t qualify for social services, I don’t have an address.” In another, she tries hopelessness, reading off a piece of scrap paper: “I was just released from prison ten months ago, and my mother has recently died.” By the end, she’s strumming a guitar and singing an off-tune Amazing Grace. “Nothing’s keeping me warm,” she says, “Except for that smile.” She smiles. It had the power of Adrian Piper flatly telling us “I’m black” in her video Cornered: she scrutinizes a situation with such cold directness that neither viewer nor artist has anywhere left to hide. In this version, art’s not a job, but something closer to life."
Bronx River Art Center
Shifting Communities Roundtable Series at the Andrew Freedman Home
Thursday, May 31 from 3-5pm
Alicia Grullon "Becoming Green in the Bronx"
Artist and activist Alicia Grullon presents Becoming Green in the Bronx, a social practice project examining green initiatives that are reshaping urban environments and appling those values in areas where sustainable living practices are needed. For this roundtable discussion, attendees will be invited to participate in discussions to find practical solutions for issues on specific environmental challenges people experience in their everyday lives. What we learn from this process will form the basis of creating new community-inspired measures for how arts and culture engage with ideas of balancing ecological, social and economic success in stratified urban environments exemplified throughout the bouroughs of New York City.
As part of No Longer Empty's This Side of Paradise exhibition at the Andrew Freedman Home, the Bronx River Art Center will present a continuation of the Shifting Communities Roundtable Series. The Andrew Freedman Home, located at 1125 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, was once built to be a haven, a paradise, for the rich elderly who had lost their fortunes. Referencing this quixotic history, This Side of Paradise references the past and reconnects the vision of Andrew Freedman with the Bronx of today.
*Bronx artist recreates freezing death of immigrant in Brook Park art piece*
On "Illegal Death" at the Bronx Museum
Pedestrian by Hrag Vartanian Art in Odd Places October 2008
"The most successful of the works featured in Pedestrian was Alicia Grullón’s “Revealing New York City: The Disappearance of Others.” Quietly parked beside a blank brick wall between First Avenue and Avenue A, Grullón sat in front of a small white table holding a small basin in which newspaper clippings about the housing changes in the city floated in papier-mâché paste. In front of the basin there was a small sign that read “Gentrification-Free Zone.” A collapsible shopping cart and another small white table, held bags of staples like rice, beans, and wheat tagged with exorbitant prices ($3000, $1000, $5000). From a distance, Grullón looked like any other Latin American merchant selling street food. Only her textured blue and gray papier-mâché mask, covered with cut-up headlines, and her Beefeater-like motionlessness triggered my “art” barometer. While I admit I’m growing increasingly weary of the gentrification binary that artists habitually draw attention to, Grullón’s silent protest drove home its pain, anguish, and poverty in a way that none of the other works approached. It exuded a sense of dignity that didn’t preach loudly (okay, not too loudly), and if the text tended to dumb-down the piece, her performance elevated it."