MOCA presents an ArtNow! conversation with artists Julio César Morales and Gabriela Muñoz. The artists will talk about their work and discuss overlapping themes found in the exhibitions currently on view at MOCA, moderated by Assistant Curator Alexis Wilkinson.
Muñoz’s photographic portraits, in addition to sculptures and site-specific earthen prints made with collaborator M. Jenea Sanchez, are featured in the exhibition Mujeres Nourishing Fronterizx Bodies: Resistance in the Time of COVID-19, which she also worked collaboratively to organize. Morales presents a video work and new neon sculptures, commissioned by MOCA, in the group exhibition were-:Nenetech Forms.
Registration is required to attend.
Weather permitting, this event will be held on MOCAs patio, please dress accordingly.
To ensure the safety of all museum visitors and staff, please note the following protocols will be
followed at this event:
- All visitors and staff are required to wear masks and practice social distancing at all times when on the museum premises (indoor and outdoor), regardless of vaccination status.
- MOCA will not allow visitors to consume food or drink on the premises (with the exception of water from a sealable container).
- Capacity will be limited to 30 attendees with advanced registration required.
Gabriela Muñoz is an artist whose work is rooted in her experiences as a migrant who lived in Arizona, undocumented, for more than a decade whose practice is concerned with movements of social justice and racial equality. An artist in service of other artists, Muñoz’s work as an arts administrator supports the development of BIPOC artists and culture bearers in the Southwest region through the development of artist-centric programs, grant-making and creative partnerships.
Julio César Morales investigates issues of migration, underground economies, and labor on the personal and global scales. Morales’ practice explores diverse mediums specific to each project or body of work. He has painted watercolor illustrations that diagram human trafficking methods, employed the DJ turntable, produced video and time-based pieces, reenacted a famous meal–all to elucidate social interactions and political perspectives.
Image Credits: (left) Julio Cèsar Morales, La Linea (1845), 2021, installation view, were-:Nenetech Forms, MOCA Tucson, 2021. Photograph by Julius Schlosburg. (right) Gabriela Muñoz, Earth Tattoo 3, 2021, installation view, Mujeres Nourishing Fronterizx Bodies: Resistance in the Time of COVID-19, MOCA Tucson, 2021. Photograph by Julius Schlosburg.