Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Grimanesa Amorós

Grimanesa Amorós

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Grimanesa Amoros is an interdisciplinary artist whose interests in the fields of social history, scientific research, and critical theory have greatly influenced her work. She often uses sculpture, video, lighting and sound to create works that illuminate our notions of personal identity and community. Amoros utilizes her art as an agent for empowerment to involve viewers from all different backgrounds and communities.

Born in Lima, Peru, she currently lives and works in Peru and New York City. Amoros studied at The Art Students League (1984-1988) and Private Ateliers in Lima, Peru (1981-1983). Amoros has received many fellowships and awards, including: National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship (Washington, DC); The Travel Grant Fund for Artists, NEA Arts International, (NYC); the Bronx Museum for the Arts: Aim Program (Bronx, NY); the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation's Participant Biennial Competition (NYC); the X Tumi USA Award (Miami, FL); and artist residency fellowships from Art Omi (Columbia County, NY), Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM), the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Amherst, VA), Artspace (Raleigh, NC), and Centrum Arts (Port Townsend, WA). Her works were selected for the Art in Embassies Program of the U.S. Departments of State in Ankara, Turkey (2001) and Lima, Peru (2003). Amoros has exhibited in the United States, Europe and Latin America. Her most recent solo exhibitions and public work include: Terraforms (Miami, FL); Terrarium (NYC); Varna Festival of Visual Arts, 5th edition (Bulgaria); the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture (NYC); the Lee Building (NYC); Hudson River Healthcare Center (Peekskill, NY); Artspace (Raleigh, NC); BUZZER 30 (NYC); ARTCO Gallery, (Lima, Peru); R&F Gallery (NYC); and Egizio's Project (NYC). Her most recent group exhibitions include: the Museum of the Americas (Washington, DC); the Lab Gallery (NYC); Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (Athens, GA); SITE Santa Fe, Monothon 16 (Santa Fe, NM); Free Manifesta Biennial (Frankfurt, Germany); Liberarti Arts Festival (Liverpool, UK), and Progetto Anglioletta Firpo (Alessandria, Italy). She has participated in many art festivals and fairs, such as the LOOP Fair in Barcelona, Spain. She has given many artist lectures, most recently at Pratt Institude (Brooklyn, NY); ArtSpace (Raleigh, NC); Sweet Briar College (Sweet Briar, VA); Corriente Alterna School of Arts (Lima, Peru); Colgate University (Hamilton, NY); and Spruill Center for the Arts (Atlanta GA).
The stereotype of feminist artists as socially abnormal or marginal individuals still holds sway in our society. Feminists, however, like works of art, come in many forms and have varying life experiences. Families and spouses, for instance, are not necessarily incongruous with the guiding tenants of feminism. Rather, the tenacity of the image of the archetypal, bra-burning feminist is disparaging to the true diversity among women, and is as reductive as the view of the demur feminine ideal from which we were "liberated" in the last few decades.

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