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

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.

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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


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 is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York, whose work draws upon political history in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize the inclusion of suppressed histories, communities, and identities. Motta’s work has been presented internationally in venues such as Tate Modern, London; The New Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, and MoMA/PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá; Serralves Museum, Porto; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson; San Francisco Art Institute; Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; and Witte de With, Rotterdam. Nefandus Trilogy, three new short films by Motta, was premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2014, and was featured at The First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena, Colombia in February 2014. Together with AA Bronson, Motta recently organized the event “ritual of queer rituals” at Witte de With in Rotterdam. Motta also guest edited the e-flux journal April issue, “(im)practical (im)possibilities” on contemporary queer art and culture. Motta is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program (2006), was named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (2008), and received grants from Art Matters (2008), NYSCA (2010), Creative Capital Foundation, and the Kindle Project (2012). He is part of the faculty at Parsons The New School of Design, The School of Visual Arts, and is visiting faculty at Pratt Institute School of Art and Design in spring 2014.

Felipe Steinberg

Felipe Steinberg is a multi-media artist currently based in New York. His work proposes considerations on constructed meanings of the local and the global through actions of de-contextualization and re-contextualization between social spaces and interpersonal encounters by the use of various types of media and systems of circulation – labor, goods, affects, populations and information. Steinberg work has been presented internationally in venues such as Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Museu de Arte Moderna Aloisio Magalhães, Socrates Sculpture Park, Anthology Film Archives, Grimm Museum, Texas Biennial, Visual Arts Center - University of Texas, 1After320 and SESC. He has been awarded with the Idea Fund - DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses, Idea Fund Grant funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Houston Arts Alliance Artists Individuals Grant Program, among others. Steinberg is the co-funder of ACCA, Art and Culture in Contexts of Authoritarianisms, a working group that focuses on studying, discussing, and articulating collective and/or individual responses to contexts of authoritarianism with special focus in Brazil. Steinberg holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2016), and a BA in Social Communication from Faculdade Cásper Líbero (2009). He also attended the University of São Paulo, Bachelor in Philosophy (2005-2010). Steinberg was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014) and was a fellow at the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (2018). He is currently a participant at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York (2019).

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