Bronx Museum Launches The Neighbors: A Three Part Exhibition Series Focused on Culture and Community
Caza, First Exhibition in Series, Considers the Taming of Art withWork from Three Contemporary Female Artists
Opening July 13, The Bronx Museum of the Arts will present Caza: Rochelle Gomez, Margaret Lee, Alejandra Seeber, the first installment of The Neighbors, a three-part series of consecutive exhibitions of contemporary art curated by guest curator Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy. The series explores the aesthetic concerns of culturally-diverse artists in regards to two groups of ‘neighbors’: their original communities and families and the artists and experts who make up the professionalized art field. Caza – which means ‘searching’ or ‘hunting’ in Spanish, and is a homophone for the word home – includes a total of 18 works by Rochelle Gomez, Margaret Lee, and Alejandra Seeber that examine the place of art and, particularly, a ghostly presence of modernism, in spaces of domestic life, whether these are familiar or unfamiliar environments.
Each of the three artists included in Caza illuminate a distinct perspective on the dialogues between the language of visual art and the experience of daily life. The exhibition includes a video work, a new sculpture, and a series of drawings by Gomez that image the intersection of her childhood home and objects of modern art, underscoring the intimate, domestic sphere both as a refuge and a site of bewilderment. In contrast, the sculptures, photographs, and installations by Lee remove cultural specificity of artistic and domestic objects alike through a process of styled refinement staged for critique. Finally, the paintings included from Seeber’s practice portray abstractions of interior spaces inclusive of art displays, playfully accentuating the absurdities of artistic convention.
Through an exploration of work by Gomez, Lee, and Seeber, Caza seeks to answer some of the questions central to The Neighbors as a whole, namely: How do culturally diverse artists address their roots and cultural backgrounds in their art? Why create art that communicates to both their immediate communities and the art field? In what ways can an artists transform their means of production, if minimal, to shape a world? The exhibition series will feature work by Firelei Baez, Andrea Bowers, Rochele Gomez, Ignacio Gonzalez Lang, Margaret Lee, Ivan Morazan and Alejandra Seeber. The upcoming exhibitions in The Neighbors—which will open in October 2016 and spring 2017—address ideas around cultural uprooting and belonging, as well as social mobility and political resistance. For each exhibition in the series, Gerardo Madera is designing a gallery leaflet out of his Common Satisfactory Standard Print Shop.
About Rochele Gomez
Rochele Gomez (b. 1980, Los Angeles) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Last year, she was the subject of a solo exhibition at LA><art in Los Angeles, CA: A Fireplace and Its Mirror curated by Daniel Joseph Martinez. Other recent exhibitions include: Out at the Elbows at metro pcs in Los Angeles, CA (2014); Ideal Territory at Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA (2014); and Saucy Leechcraft at JB Jurve in Los Angeles, CA (2012). She is a recipient of the American Austrian Foundation/ Seebacher Prize (2014), which allowed her to travel to Europe and study at the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Austria. In 2014, she received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and in 2006 a BFA from California State University, Long Beach.
About Margaret Lee
Margaret Lee (b. 1980, Bronx) lives and works in New York City. This year, she will be the subject of a solo exhibition at Duddell’s in Hong Kong as part of the Concentration series organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. In 2014, her solo exhibition closer to wrong than right/ closer to right than wrong was presented at Jack Hanley Gallery in New York. Other recent exhibitions include: NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection (2105) at The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, All Watched Over (2015) curated by Tina Kukielski at James Cohan Gallery, New York, and New Pictures of Common Objects (2012) curated by Christopher Lew at MoMA PS1, New York. Lee’s work has also been included in biennials, such as the 2014 Hammer Museum biennial, Made in L.A. and in the 2013 Biennale de Lyon. In 2009, Lee founded the artist-run space 179 Canal and is currently a partner in the gallery 47 Canal.
About Alejandra Seeber
Alejandra Seeber (b. 1969, Buenos Aires) lives and works in New York City. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions internationally, including at the Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires, Sperone Westwater in New York, Hausler Contemporary in Munich and Zurich, and Barro in Buenos Aires. Her work was featured in the 7th Bienal do Merocsul (2009) in Porto Alegre and in S-files (2003) at El Museo del Barrio in New York. Her work has also been featured in group exhibitions internationally, including at the Kunst Museum of Saint Gallen in Switzerland, the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, as well as the MALBA - The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires. She studied at Prilidiano Pueyrredon School of Fine Arts in Argentina, and participated in the Beca Kuitca Studio Program in Buenos Aires and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.