Sunday, October 8, 2023, 1:00 pm in Morgan Hall
David Antonio Cruz explores the intersectionality of queerness and race through painting, sculpture, and performance. Focusing on queer, trans, and gender fluid communities of color, Cruz examines the violence perpetrated against their members, conveying his subjects both as specific individuals and as monumental signifiers for large and urgent systemic concerns. A recent series explores the notion of ‘chosen family’, the nonbiological bonds between queer people based in mutual support and love. Each painting depicts the likeness of the artist’s community, and at the same time the portraits strive to capture much more than the physical representation of the figures; they venerate the overall structure of queer relationships, captured through intimate moments of touch, strength, support, and celebration. David Antonio Cruz will speak about his artistic practices and discuss the works on view in the exhibition at the ZMA.
Image credit: David Antonio Cruz, icutfromthemiddletogetabetterslice, 2020. Oil, latex, and wax pencil on wood. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche
Gallery, Chicago. Collection of Noel E.D. Kirnon.