BFA Fine Arts Alumna Joiri Minaya at Moving Image Art Fair, Volta Art Fair, and more!

Alumna Joiri Minaya is participating in two NY art fairs this year: the Moving Image Art Fair with Smack Mellon, and Volta Art Fair with Casa Quien, as well as showing at the University of Massachusetts in Boston this Sunday, and an artist talk at William Paterson University, New Jersey in March.

Container #3 (2017), pigment print, 40 x 60 in.

Political Discourse
Feb 21 – April 15, 2017
Public reception: February 26, 2017 from 2–6 pm
University Hall Gallery
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA 02125

A group exhibition of political art and art made political by its context, with works by Ryan Arthurs, Elaine Bay, Chitra Ganesh, Mariam Ghani, Raúl Gonzalez III & IV, Jenny Holzer, Steve Locke, Joiri Minaya, Toyin Odutola, Dread Scott, Lorna Simpson, and William Villalongo.

Political Discourse is a group exhibition that highlights criticality in contemporary art through the voices of artists belonging to marginalized groups of people in America. This exhibition presents a diverse set of perspectives on American culture and politics, celebrating the creations and expressions of under-represented members of our society. With artworks from emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in the US, Political Discourse brings together artists from the LGBTQ community, artists of color, immigrant artists, and female artists. This exhibition is organized by UMass Boston’s new Gallery Curator, Samuel Toabe.

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Moving Image New York
February 27 – March 2, 2017
Opening reception: Monday, February 27, 2017: 6-8pm
Monday, February 27 – Wednesday March 1, 2017: 11am – 8pm
Thursday, March 2, 2017: 11am – 4pm

Waterfront New York Tunnel
269 11th Avenue
Between 27th and 28th Streets
New York, NY 10001

Moving Image was conceived to offer a viewing experience with the excitement and vitality of a fair, while allowing moving image-based artworks to be understood and appreciated on their own terms. Smack Mellon will be showing one of my videos as part of the selection of international commercial galleries and non-profit institutions the fair has invited to present single-channel videos, single-channel projections, video sculptures, immersive media, and other larger video installations.

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Your Body Is a Battleground
March 1 – 5, 2017
Volta Art Fair
Preview: Wednesday, March 1, 7 – 10 pm
March 2 – 4, 12 – 8 pm; March 5, 12 – 5 pm
Pier 90, New York

The show’s title is inspired by Barbara Kruger’s agit-prop photomontage Untitled (Your Body Is a Battleground), produced for the 1989 Women’s March on Washington that protested antiabortion legislation,” notes Vogel. “After the enormous turnout for the recent international Women’s Marches, Kruger’s work reads as a vital precedent for art that protests the erosion of civil rights. Though these artists’ works are a generation removed from Kruger’s, they continue her legacy of examining media and representation. This show embraces an intersectional feminist point of view, acknowledging that oppressions of race, gender, class and sexuality are intertwined. This diverse group of artists, hailing from Canada to the Caribbean, the Midwest to the South, represents many facets of the Americas.

Exhibiting artists in Your Body Is a Battleground are: Zachary Fabri / presented by ROCKELMANN & (Berlin) in collaboration with Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art (Newark); Nona Faustine / presented by Baxter St. at CCNY (New York); Joiri
Minaya / presented by Casa Quien (Santo Domingo); Kent Monkman / presented by Peters Projects (Santa Fe); Deborah Roberts / presented by Art Palace (Houston); Sable Elyse Smith / presented by The Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MoCADA) (Brooklyn); Melissa Vandenberg / presented by Maus Contemporary / beta pictoris gallery (Birmingham, AL); and Carmen Winant / presented by Fortnight Institute (New York).

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The Body As Battleground: Nona Faustine & Joiri Minaya
Jan 28th – March 17th
Artist Talk on March 9th, 3:00 pm
Court Gallery at William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470

Through photography and installation art, Nona Faustine and Joiri Minaya reclaim the representation of the female body as a political act. The exhibition is co-curated by WP Professor Stephanie Rivera Berruz, and Kristen Evangelista, gallery director.