Join us for an artist’s tour and closing reception on Wednesday, February 15th with Juanli Carrión, whose culinary workshop series “Zea” runs from February 1-15, 2017 in our Dumbo gallery space.
The project, part of Art in General’s New Commissions program, combines performance, artist lecture, and participatory sculpture, engaging the recipe as a type of choreographic instruction and record of historical and cultural significance. Using corn as a central material, Zea reflects on contemporary forms of economic domination in the Americas.
The workshops and installation reference the role of corn in global economies; how this ancient crop has been transformed from an essential food to one of the most important currencies in the world, now produced primarily for raising livestock and the creation of ethanol fuel. The contextual installation investigates various appropriations of indigenous iconography by financial institutions and multinational corporations—elements draw from existing symbolism in the pre-Columbian cultures of Mesoamerica and northern South America, as well as the brand identities of companies including Starbucks, HSBC, Citgo, and Chevron, that are engaged in economic colonialism throughout Latin America.
On February 15, Carrion will invite guests to assist in deconstructing a sculpture that resembles a wall ruin, composed of bricks made entirely with corn components. Visitors will have the opportunity to take a piece of the participatory sculpture home with them at this special closing reception.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6-8pm
*RSVP is not required for this free public program.