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Artist Lecture: Risa Puleo and Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

Artist Lecture: Risa Puleo and Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

Artist Lecture: Risa Puleo and Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

Presented by Utah Museum of Contemporary Art at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

Join UMOCA for a lecture by Risa Puleo, writer and curator, and  Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, 2019 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting winner, as they discuss Nancy’s work.

Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez studied at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Columbia, earned a B.F.A. from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, and an M.F.A. from NYU in 1997. Recent Individual exhibitions include: Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Collette Blanchard Gallery, New York, Frost Museum, Miami, Galeria Diners, Bogotá, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, New York, Sheldon Memorial Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska, Queens Museum of Art, New York, and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Panamá.

Friedemann-Sánchez has been awarded a Smithsonian Artist Fellowship; a Puffin Foundation grant, a Pollock Krasner grant, a National Association of Latino Arts and Culture grant. She has also been nominated for the Rema Hort Mann, and the Anonymous was a Woman Foundation grant.

Her work is in the collections of Jose Mugrabi, El Museo del Barrio, The Cleveland Museum, The Museum University of New Mexico, El Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá, El Museo de Arte Moderno, Cali Colombia, and el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Bogotá, Colombia.

Risa Puleo researches the entanglement between the Americas and Europe during the early modern period with a focus on how indigenous American objects and people were important to the formation of the Wunderkammer and Early Modern Museum through their collection as objects of wonder, scrutiny, spectacle, and study. Risa came to the early modern period after working as a curator of contemporary art. Her interests include sites of presentation, mechanisms of display, patronage, collection, the formation of institutions of art and empire, and the parallel development of the museum, prison, zoo, library, hospital, university, and museum.

Risa’s writing has been published in Art21 magazine, Art in America, Art Asia Pacific, ArtLies, ArtPapers, Glasstire, Hyperallergic, and Modern Painters, among others. She has curated exhibitions at The Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, where she was Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha; Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City; ArtPace, A Foundation for Contemporary Art, San Antonio. Her exhibition Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the American Justice System, opening at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston in August of 2018, is founded on her research into the museum and prison as sister institutions developing from the same cultural logic.


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  • September 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Fri)

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Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
20 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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