Posted on May 24, 2021
Independent Curators International (ICI) is thrilled to announce the upcoming launch of ART FOR CHANGE’s (AFC) third edition in support of ICI, in partnership with artist Kenny Rivero. This follows AFC’s prior collaborations with ICI with prints by Grace Weaver in 2020, and Becky Kolsrud in 2019, AFC’s very first launch.
On Wednesday, May 26, at 6:30pm EDT, ICI will host the 5th Annual Independents Spring Benefit celebrating the launch of the edition, featuring a conversation between Kenny Rivero and María Elena Ortiz, Curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM); with a pre-sale release from Rivero’s edition. AFC will also donate prints by Becky Kolsrud, Summer Wheat, and Brian Calvin as part of the event’s signature raffle, and all proceeds will go towards ICI’s mission to support the work of contemporary art curators and help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration and international engagement.
Walk Wit Me, 2021
Archival pigment print
18 x 18 inches
Edition of 20 + 4 AP signed and numbered $750
Edition of 10 hand-embellished prints $1,500
Rivero’s paintings, collages, drawings, and sculptures explore the complexity of identity through narrative images, language, and symbolism. Rivero’s creative process deconstructs and reimagines what he perceives as the fractured narrative of Dominican-American identity, socio-geographic solidarity, familial expectations, faith, race, and gender roles. In Walk Wit Me, Rivero conjures an urban afterlife that vacillates between comfort and danger.
Born and raised in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, Kenny Rivero’s work is held in the collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem; El Museo del Barrio; The Whitney Museum of American Art; the Collection of Thomas J. Watson Library of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Rivero is represented by Charles Moffett in New York.
Driven by her lifelong love of art and passion for philanthropy, ICI Leadership Council member, Jeanne Masel, started ART FOR CHANGE on the belief that direct investment in the arts community is vital to a thriving cultural ecosystem. In this creative partnerships, ART FOR CHANGE is proud to raise money and awareness for ICI, as well as Rivero. In keeping with all AFC initiatives, of the total net proceeds of prints sold, 50% will directly benefit the participating artists, and 40% will benefit Independent Curators International (ICI) which provides an international framework for knowledge-sharing through which curators’ and artists’ practices can further develop.