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Reproductive Justice, Art History, and Witchcraft in Angela Fraleigh’s "The Raving Ones"

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27 December 2022

27 December 2022

Angela Fraleigh and Maritza Lacayo will discuss reproductive Justice, art history and witchcraft in the context of Fraleigh's monumental painting installation The Raving Ones, on view as a special project at the Untitled Art Fair. Fraleigh’s lush and layered paintings harness the magic of making the invisible, visible. Illuminating erased or forgotten female figures, her paintings unsettle familiar narratives to help shift perspectives and upend contemporary power dynamics. Traversing topics from the medieval witch-hunts and the rise of capitalism to Reagan era politics and the devastating overturning of Roe V. Wade, Lacayo and Fraleigh will locate some of the historical cultural markers that have led to the subjugation of women and the current political attack on bodily autonomy while offering practical political action and a little practical magic to boot.

Angela Fraleigh earned her MFA from Yale University School of Art and her BFA from Boston University. Selected solo exhibitions include Hirschl and Adler Modern and PPOW Gallery in New York, Inman Gallery in Houston, TX and Peters Projects in Santa Fe, NM. Her work can be found in museum collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and she has been the recipient of several awards and residencies including the Yale University Alice Kimball English grant, The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Brooklyn, NY, The CORE program in Houston, TX and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE among others. Fraleigh has created site-specific solo projects for the Edward Hopper House Museum, the Vanderbilt Mansion Museum, the Everson Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum and the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Her work is included in “Gilded: Contemporary Artists Explore Value & Worth” at the Weatherspoon Art museum; traveling to The Hood Art Museum and Hunter Art Museum. She currently lives and works in Allentown, PA, where she is Full Professor at Moravian University.

Maritza Lacayo is Assistant Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). At PAMM she has curated numerous exhibition projects, including: The Artist as Poet: Selections from PAMM’s Collection, Marco Brambilla: Heaven’s Gate, George Segal: Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael, Polyphonic: Celebrating PAMM’s Fund for African American Art, Jedd Novatt: Monotypes and More, among others. Lacayo has various exhibition projects forthcoming, including Jason Seife: Coming to Fruition, and monographic exhibitions featuring Calida Garcia Rawles and José Parlá. Lacayo has organized traveling exhibitions on behalf of PAMM, including Marisol and Warhol Take New York, Leandro Erlich: Liminal, and Joan Didion: What She Means (forthcoming)—all co-organized with PAMM’s Director, Franklin Sirmans. Lacayo regularly works with the YoungArts Foundation as a Master Teacher, also curating both the Regional and National exhibitions in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Lacayo frequently contributes writing to arts platforms and exhibition catalogues including monographs for artists Tomokazu Matsuyama, Richard Dupont, Carlos Estévez, and Vaughn Spann. She has managed the production of several publications and exhibition catalogues for PAMM including Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger, On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Ebony G. Patterson…while the dew is still on the roses…, The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art, and Beatriz González: A Retrospective (Named one of The New York Times’s Best Art Books of 2019). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the American University of Paris and a Master of Letters in Modern and Contemporary Art and Art World Practice from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

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