Alicia Grullón, the 2020 Jane and David Walentas Fellow at Moore College of Art & Design, talks with New York-based writer and curator Laura Raicovich in Conversations@Moore, a free ongoing public program series organized by the Graduate Studies programs in Socially Engaged Art.

Grullón gives an overview of some of the work she's been doing this past year. Her interdisciplinary practice focuses on the politics of presence, arguing for the inclusion of disinvested communities in social and political spheres in New York City. 

Grullón’s works have been shown in numerous group exhibitions, including The 8th Floor, Bronx Museum of the Arts, BRIC House for Arts and Media, School of Visual Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Columbia University, Socrates Sculpture Park, Performa 11, Old Stone House and Art in Odd Places. Her art activist work led her to be one of the initial and current organizers for The People’s Cultural Plan (The PCP), a collection of artists and cultural workers addressing inadequacies with the city’s first proposed cultural plan. Grullón has served as a mentor for the New York Foundation of the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program and as Artist Catalyst for The Laundromat Project from 2016–2018. She is an adjunct at The School of Visual Arts and the City University of New York. In July 2020 Grullón received the 2020 Jane and David Walentas Endowed Fellowship at Moore College of Art & Design.

Raicovich is completing a new book, Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest (Verso 2021). She recently served as Interim Director of the Leslie Lohman Museum of Art; was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at the Bellagio Center; and was awarded the inaugural Emily H. Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators at Hyperallergic. While Director of the Queens Museum from 2015 to 2018, Raicovich co-curated Mel Chin: All Over the Place (2018), a multi-borough survey of the artist's work. She lectures internationally and in 2019-20 co-curated a seminar series titled Freedom of Speech: A Curriculum for Studies into Darkness at the New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics, from which she is co-editing an anthology of writings on the subject. She also is the author of At the Lightning Field (CHP 2017) and co-editor of Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production (OR 2017).

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