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Humboldt’s Parrot: David Ayala-Alfonso, Carlos Motta and Felipe Steinberg


Humboldt’s Parrot: David Ayala-Alfonso, Carlos Motta and Felipe Steinberg
Monday, March 18, 2019
6:30-8pm

ICI 401 Broadway Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013
FREE and open to the public

Using Humboldt’s parrot as an entry point Curator and ICI Curatorial Intensive Alumnus David Ayala-Alfonso will be joined by artists Carlos Motta and Felipe Steinberg to facilitate conversations with attendees thinking through the ways that science and collecting practices intersect with political ecologies, historical rewritings, critical museology, and fiction. These are four of the key threads that shape Ayala-Alfonso’s forthcoming ICI exhibition Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections. With the first rendition of the event at

Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collection is a traveling exhibition that reflects on the birth of modern collections, the art institutions that sustain them and their contingent origin stories. Considering how institutional collections organize our lives Never Spoken Again brings together artists whose works open up a critique of material culture, iconography, and political ecologies. These practices examine not only the collected objects and the systems of distribution that facilitate their circulation but also the disciplines and subjects of study that they trade in.

Curated by Colombian curator David Ayala-Alfonso, an alumnus of ICI’s Curatorial Intensive, the exhibition is part of ICI’s new series of programs supporting emergent voices in the curatorial field. David Ayala-Alfonso is a Colombian Curator, Artist, and Researcher working between Bogotá and London. He is a guest curator at the traveling exhibitions program of Independent Curators International, and part of the editorial teams of Journal of Visual Culture, Cultural Anthropology and {{em_rgencia}.

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

March 18, 2019

ICI 401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

presenter

David Ayala-Alfonso

David Ayala-Alfonso is a Colombian Curator, Artist, and Researcher working between Bogotá and London. He is a guest curator at the traveling exhibitions program of Independent Curators International, and part of the editorial teams of Journal of Visual Culture, Cultural Anthropology and {{em_rgencia}. Ayala-Alfonso has been Curator in Residence and Academic Coordinator at FLORA ars+natura in Bogotá, and lectured in different art schools in the US and Colombia. He has published books and articles on interface theory, Latin American art history, artist-run spaces, performance studies, visual studies, urban sociology, anthropology of education and artistic interventions in the public realm. He is also an occasional collaborator for different academic publications as a writer and a translator. Recent work as a curator and as part of the art collective Grupo 0,29 has been featured at Museos de Arte at Banco de la República in Bogotá, South London Gallery, the David Rockefeller Center at Harvard University, the BMW Guggenheim Lab, Concordia University in Montreal, Columbia College in Chicago, and Centro Cultural La Moneda in Santiago. He has been awarded the Fulbright Grant, the AICAD post-graduate Teaching Fellowship, the ICI-Dedalus Award for Curatorial Research and the Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research at SAIC. Ayala-Alfonso holds a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Specialization in Art Education from the National University of Colombia, and is preparing publications on critical heritage, and art in the public realm to be released in 2019.


Carlos Motta

Carlos Motta’s (Colombia, 1978) multi-disciplinary art practice documents the social conditions and political struggles of sexual, gender, and ethnic minority communities in order to challenge dominant and normative discourses through visibility and self-representation. His work was the subject of the survey exhibitions Carlos Motta: Formas de Libertad at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín (MAMM), Colombia (2017) that traveled to Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile (2018); and Carlos Motta: For Democracy There Must Be Love, Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden (2015).  His solo exhibitions at international museums include, The Crossing (2017), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Histories for the Future (2016), Pérez Art Museum (PAMM), Miami; Réquiem (2016), Museo de Arte Latinoamericano the Buenos Aires (MALBA) (2016); Patriots, Citizens, Lovers (2015), PinchukArtCentre, Kiev; Gender Talents (2013), Tate Modern, London; La forma de la Libertad (2013), Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico; We Who Feel Differently (2012), New Museum, New York; Brief History (2009), MoMA/PS1, New York; and The Good Life (2008), Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Philadelphia; among others. Motta won the Vilcek Foundation’s Prize for Creative Promise (2017); the PinchukArtCentre’s Future Generation Art Prize (2014); and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2008). He is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program (2006); and received grants from Art Matters (2008), NYSCA (2010), Creative Capital Foundation; and the Kindle Project (2012). Motta participated in Incerteza Viva: 32nd Bienal de São Paulo (2016); A Story Within A Story: Göteborg International Biennial of Contemporary Art (2015); Burning Down the House: X Gwangju Biennale (2014); and Le spectacle du quotidian: X Lyon Biennale (2010). His films have been screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival (2016, 2010); Toronto International Film Festival (2013); and Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (2016); among many others.


Felipe Steinberg

Felipe Steinberg (Brazil, 1986) is currently a participant at the Whitney Independent Study Program (2019) in New York. He received his MFA from SAIC in Chicago (2016) and a BA in Social Communication at Faculdade Cásper Líbero (2009). He attended the University of São Paulo, BA in Philosophy, from 2005-2010. Steinberg was the recipient of the acquisition prize for Salão Nacional de Itajaí (Brazil), SAIC - Berlin Residency (USA), Idea Fund - The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (USA) and Houston Arts Alliance Artists and Creative Individuals Grant Program (USA), among others. His works have been shown internationally including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (USA), Museu Oscar Niemeyer (Brazil), SESC (Brazil), Grimm Museum (Germany), Socrates Sculpture Park (USA), 1After320 (India), Visual Arts Center - University of Texas (USA) and Anthology Film Archives (USA). He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014) and the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (2018).


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