On The Walls and Politics
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Politics has been a resonating theme in Bronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial, be it personal or social.


AIM artists Gabino Castelan, Maggie Hazen, and Jesse Kreuzer will be joined in conversation with moderator, Christian Viveros-Fauné. We'll hear from these three artists on their work as moments of solidarity and conversation.


To view a recording of this event, please click HERE




Installation view of “Protest and Counter-Protest” (2021) by Jesse Kreuzer. Photo by Argenis Apolinario Photography.

Jesse Kreuzer’s recent works are densely populated WPA style murals depicting civil unrest. The paintings contemplate the flag and standard bearer as symbols of democracy, progress, and justice, as well as exclusion, oppression and white-identity. Painted in the street alongside protesters and pedestrians, the murals are meant to be understood in the context of the conversations, celebrations, violence and destruction that have occurred amid the boarded up windows of New York City. Jesse’s conflicting feelings about patriotism, policing, and his own role animate the work.


Installation view of “Architecture of Escape” (2021) by Maggie Hazen. Photo by Argenis Apolinario Photography.

Maggie Hazen is a New York based visual artist from Los Angeles and has cultivated a diverse artistic practice which includes sculpture, video, collage and performance. She is the founder of The Columbia Collective where she co-authors projects with young incarcerated artists at the formerly titled Columbia Secure Center for Girls. Hazen’s work explores themes of resistance and healing in a cinematically real world of violence through complex images, videos, and sculptures that merge mythology, technology, and advocacy. She has exhibited, screened and performed works at The Bronx Museum (New York), Pulse Miami Beach as part of Pulse Play (Miami), The Museum of Tolerance (Los Angeles), Microscope Gallery (Brooklyn), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Light Year on the Manhattan Bridge (Brooklyn),  The Granoff Center (Brown University), Performance Works Northwest (Portland), CICA Museum (South Korea), and The Boston Young Contemporaries (Boston); among others. She has had residencies and fellowships at Pioneer Works (New York); The Bronx Museum (New York), The Shanghai Institute of Visual Art (China), The Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, European Graduate School (Switzerland), I:O at the Helikon Art Center (Turkey), Vermont Studio Center (Vermont) and The Pasadena Side Street Projects (California). She holds a BFA in sculpture from Biola University and an MFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and is currently a professor at Bard College in Studio Arts.

Installation view of “A Reflection of Myself with the Fading Phantom of Jessica Lopez De La Cruz” (2021) by Gabino A. Castelan. Photo by Argenis Apolinario Photography.

Gabino A. Castelán (b.1986, Epatlán, Puebla, México) is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Florida and New York. He holds an MFA (2017) and a BFA (2012) in painting from Hunter College. Castelán’s work is currently on view in the group exhibition "Bronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial" at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. Selected group exhibitions include "Slowly Arriving" (2021) Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland and "BoriMex: Arráncame la Vida" (2017) The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, New York, New York. He has received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant (2021), Christoph Merian Stiftung/Zaeslin-Bustany Scholarship (2020), and the Children's Museum of Manhattan/Art, Artist & You Award (2019). Castelán's previous residencies include Atelier Mondial in Basel, Switzerland (2020), CMOM, Children’s Museum of Manhattan (2019), and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014). He is an alumnus of the 39th AIM Fellowship program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2019). In 2018, Castelán was nominated and selected to travel to Honduras as a part of the U.S. Department of Cultural Affairs Arts Envoy Program. He was an artist-teacher for the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2012-2016). In 2015, Castelán created a manual for the ongoing artwork Cultural Workers, which guides a temporary collective of local and foreign workers. Cultural Workers activates unoccupied venues and constructs ephemeral workers' clubs, titled Practice of Everyday Life (PoEL). The purpose of the PoEL is to generate environments for apprenticeship, learning, relaxation, and contemplation.


Christian Viveros-Fauné (Santiago, Chile, 1965) has worked as a gallerist, art fair director, art critic, and curator since 1994. He was awarded the University of South Florida’s Kennedy Family Visiting Fellowship in 2018, a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Grant in 2009 and named Critic in Residence at the Bronx Museum in 2011. He co-founded The Brooklyn Rail in 1999, wrote art criticism for the Village Voice from 2008 to 2016, was the Art and Culture Critic for artnet news from 2016 to 2018, and has additionally served as Chief Critic for Artland and Sotheby’s in other words. He has lectured widely at institutions such as Yale University, Pratt University and Holland’s Gerrit Rietveld Academie. He currently serves as Curator- at-Large at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum and writes for The Art Newspaper and the Village Voice 2.0. He was recently appointed Artistic Director for the 2023 Converge 45 Triennial (Portland, Oregon).  He is also the author of several books. His most recent, Social Forms: A Short History of Political Art, was published by David Zwirner Books in 2018.



Bronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial is made possible by Christie's, Martin Weinstein and Tereza Liszka, Debbie Rechler, Cher Lewis, Friends of AIM, and SRI Fine Art Services.


The AIM Fellowship program is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and Miranda Family Fund.





Bronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial is one of the exhibitions that celebrates The 50th Anniversary of The Bronx Museum of the Arts. To mark this milestone, we are celebrating the cultural wealth of our communities and bringing to light the stories, voices, and visions of artists seeking a more just and equitable world.

Thank you to our generous supporters without whom our 50th Anniversary programming would not be possible.

Anonymous; Agnes Gund; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust; Lily Auchincloss; Sciame Construction, LLC; May & Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.; and, the Bronx Museum’s Board of Trustees. List in formation.






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