Residency Unlimited

Meet Over Lunch: Quisqueya Henríquez in Conversation with Meyken Barreto

Virtual Event
Tuesday October 19th, 1:00 pm
FREE and open to the public

Watch the talk below. 

Quisqueya Henríquez and RU Guest Curator Meyken Barreto review Henríquez’s recent Ripped Painting series developed over the course of the artist’s two month residency in New York and recently on view in her Open Studio. The conversation will also focus on Henríquez’s general practice, its relationship to art history, fashion, economy, migration and other contemporary issues.


Born in Cuba and raised in the Dominican Republic, Quisqueya Henríquez explores in her work aesthetic politics by combining art and popular culture with design savvy and wit to counter neocolonialist, racist, and gender hierarchies. Henríquez challenges Center/Periphery power dynamics through the crossing of Northern art history with Dominican Street styles and the examination of First and Third World intellectual exchange. Her conceptual approach questions the meaning of aesthetic criteria by a wide range of strategies such as appropriation and ongoing reinvention of materials and processes employed, and experimenting with “art” and “non-art” sources. In her practice the artist collapses vertiginous hierarchies to envision reality beyond dominant social structures. Testing the limits of authorship is realized through ongoing collaboration and participation from the viewers (how to rethink distribution of cultural capital). Henríquez has exhibited in several art institutions in Latin America, United States and Europe. In New York at The Bronx Museum Of The Arts, Artist Space, The Brooklyn Art Museum, Museo Del Barrio. Also at the Perez Art Museum of Miami, Allen Memorial Art Museum AMAM, Oberlin Ohio. RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island. Museo Rufino Tamayo and Museo Carrillo Gil, México. Museo Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, MALBA (Argentina). Espacio Cultural Sergio Porto, Rio de Janeiro. Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, RD. IFA Gallerie, and Bonn y Berlín among others.

Meyken Barreto is currently an adjunct lecturer at City College of New York, she is also a curator and art writer. Meyken has served as Regional Director at Artist Pension Trust (APT), Gallery Manager at Y Gallery in New York, and Studio Manager at Los Carpinteros Studio in Madrid and Havana. She has taught Art History at Havana University and San Geronimo College in Havana. She has lectured in international institutions such as Universidad Complutense in Madrid and Martin Luther University, Halle (Saale). In 2018 she was Curator in Residence at Residency Unlimited, NY and in 2009 she won Cuba’s National Curatorship Award.


Quisqueya Henríquez residency is made possible with support from The Cuban Artist’s Fund and The Rockefeller Brothers Fund. This program is alsosupported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


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