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New exhibition opening at MOCA by Grace Rosario Perkins

Featuring Lonnie Holley, Fox Maxy, Olen Perkins and Eric-Paul Riege
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Posted at 3:18 PM, Mar 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-15 18:18:59-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Grace Rosario Perkins is displaying her first solo museum exhibition at MOCA on Saturday, April 2 through Sunday, October 16.

The Relevance of Your Data features fourteen new large-scale paintings which refer to the insidious ways in which personal data is utilized to find someone's identity in order to assign value or delete relevance.

The artists in the show use techniques like abstraction, collage, and improvisation to rewire restrictive categories and promote unity between Black and Indigenous producers.

Perkins incorporates family photos and included "I love you" or symbol-rich imagery like spiderwebs into the works, covering parts of her art pieces, giving her family privacy.

Perkins invited a group of artists close to her to participate in the show including Lonnie Holley, Fox Maxy, Eric-Paul Riege, and her father Olen Perkins.

To make way for an expanded sense of self and community, the artists create a network of support via friendship and cooperation.

Together a generous conversation about identity, land, and collectivity was created.

Members' Preview: Friday, April 1, 6–9pm

  • 7pm: Curatorial remarks & toast

Public Opening: Saturday, April 2, 11am–8pm

  • 5pm: Artists talk
  • 6pm: Performance by Eric Paul-Riege with Grace Rosario Perkins

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