Roski Talks: Julio Cesar Morales
Sept 17, 7pm
Roski Graduate Bldg
1262 Palmetto St., LA (Arts District)
Broken Line is a lecture by Julio César Morales shifting between curating and making art that addresses political realities and the production of art.
Julio César Morales Bio
Employing a range of media and visual strategies, artist, educator, and curator Julio César Morales explores issues of migration, underground economies, and labor, on personal and global scales. He is the founder of Queens Nails (2002-2012), an artist-run project space in San Francisco. Associate professor in Curatorial Studies at The California College for the Arts (2001-2011), from 2008 to 2012 he was curator at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts. Morales was a contributing curator for the Japanese pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. He is currently curator at Arizona State University Art Museum.
Julio César Morales Artist Bio
Julio Cesar Morales’ best-known works explore the movement of people, narcotics, contraband, and American popular culture across the U.S.-Mexico border. Through his multimedia installations, mixed-media drawings and paintings, and photography, Morales depicts this border world as it is without adopting a distinct moral position; his work aims to capture the people along the border in their attempts to grapple with life in a liminal space where there is no right or wrong, only tactics of survival.
Morales’ artwork has been shown at venues internationally, including the Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Prospect 3 Biennale, New Orleans, LA; the Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey; Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the Singapore Biennale, Singapore; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany; Rooseum Museum of Art, Malmo, Sweden; Fototeca de Havana, Havana, Cuba; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden; MUCA Roma, Mexico City, Mexico. His work has been featured in publications, including Flash Art, The New York Times, Artforum, Frieze, Art Nexus, and Art in America. His work is in private and public collections including The Los Angeles County Art Museum, The Kadist Foundation, The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Deutsche Bank, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Pérez Art Museum Miami among others. He is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris.
Julio César Morales Curatorial Bio
Employing a range of media and visual strategies, artist, educator, and curator Julio César Morales explores issues of migration, underground economies, and labor, on personal and global scales. Morales works by whatever means necessary: In an indelible series of watercolor illustrations, he diagramed means of human trafficking in passenger vehicles, while in other projects he has employed the DJ turntable, neon signs, the historical reenactment of a famous meal, or the conventions of an artist-run gallery to explore social interaction and political perspectives.
He is the founder and director for Queens Nails Annex, an artist-run project space in San Francisco from 2003 to 2012. He was adjunct professor at The San Francisco Art Institute from 2000 to 2012 and associate professor in Curatorial Studies at The California College for the Arts from 1999 to 2010. Morales is an advisor and writer for The San Francisco Quarterly Art Magazine, from 2008 to 2012 he was adjunct curator for visual arts at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts in San Francisco, Morales was a contributing curator for the Japanese pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale and is currently curator of visual arts at Arizona State University Art Museum. Morales has curated more than 100+ exhibitions to date.
Highlights as a curator include solo exhibitions with Superflex, Suzanne Lacy, Mary Kelly, Nina Beier, Tania Candiani, Pedro Reyes, Miguel Calderon, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Yoshua Okon, Koki Tanaka, Pablo Helguera and retrospective exhibitions of George Kuchar and Miguel Angel Rios with group exhibitions including Bay Area Now Triennale and The Jumex Collection. Morales has received grants for curatorial projects from The Rockefeller Foundation, Warhol Foundation, National Endowment for The Arts, Jumex Foundation, and the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation amoungst others.
Morales’ artwork has been shown at Lyon Biennale; (Lyon, France), Istanbul Biennale; (Turkey), Los Angeles County Art Museum (Los Angeles); Singapore Biennale; (Singapore), Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt, Germany); Rooseum Museum of Art (Malmo, Sweden); SFMOMA (San Francisco), and The UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles) amoungst others. His work has been written about in Flash Art, The New York Times, Artforum, Frieze, Art Nexus, and Art in America.
Image: Julio César Morales, "Broken Line" 2018. Image courtesy of artist and Gallery Wendi Norris