New York Artist To Give Exhibition Talk At NHCC

NHCC News:
ALBUQUERQUE  At 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, New York-based artist David Antonio Cruz will give a talk about his artwork in the exhibition Staging the Self / Ponerse En Imagen, currently on display at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
Cruz’s multidisciplinary work fuses painting, video, and performance to explore the invisibility and silencing of brown and black queer bodies throughout history and within communities.
“Cruz’ work inspires reflection and questioning of what it means to be, and to be in between. We are excited to have Cruz here to talk about his incredible mixed media work with our community,” NHCC Museum Director and Chief Curator Tey Marianna Nunn said.
Cruz’ body of work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Journal USA, Studio Magazine, Arc Magazine, Time Out New York, Bomb Magazine, and El Centro Journal.
Cruz received his MFA from Yale University and his BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute. He is a recipient of a 2013 Franklin Furnace Fund Award and the Urban Artist Initiative Award in 2011, and currently is a resident artist at the Gateway Project Spaces.
His paintings have been exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, The National Portrait Gallery, Bronx Museum, Jersey City Museum, Museo de Puerto Rico and now at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Cruz is one of six contemporary U.S. Latino artists whose work is included in the traveling art exhibition Staging the Self / Ponerse En Imagen, which opened at the NHCC Nov. 6, 2015.
Curated by Taína Caragol, the National Portrait Gallery’s curator of Latino art and history, Staging the Self / Ponerse En Imagen, is the ninth installation of “Portraiture Now,” a series of exhibitions that showcase some of the most creative twenty-first-century portrait artists.
The exhibition will be open at the NHCC through March 27, 2016.
The NHCC is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities, and is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.
For more information about this show or other events at the NHCC, call Alberto Cuessy at 505.238.2695 or e-mail