30 October 6pm WED
SMFA at TUFTS/Boston
Visiting Artist Lecture: Aliza Nisenbaum
Aliza Nisenbaum was born in 1977 in Mexico City, Mexico, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. The subjects of her recent work are often undocumented immigrants, portrayed in bold colors against patterned interiors and private spaces. For Nisenbaum, the process of painting portraits from observation is a political act, one that sets up an ethical encounter in which both participants give their attention and trust and learn about one another. The portraits offer a personal view of immigrants, some of society’s least-visible members. Nisenbaum has had solo exhibitions at White Columns and the Minneapolis Institute of Art and has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Flag Art Foundation, the Norwich Castle Museum, and the 2017 Whitney Biennial. She is currently a professor at Columbia University's School of Visual Arts. Nisenbaum's work is included in the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston's exhibition "When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art", on view October 23, 2019–January 26, 2020.