Children & Families: Coffee Clay

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Gabriela Salazar, Matters in Shelter (and Place, Puerto Rico), 2018, Coffee clay (used coffee grounds, flour, salt), concrete block, wood, and polypropylene mesh tarp, 12 x 16 x 20 ft. (365.8 x 487.7 x 609.6 cm). Courtesy the artist.

Join artist Gabriela Salazar in learning about the air-dry coffee clay and mold-making process in her sculpture, Matters in Shelter (and Place, Puerto Rico). We will make the clay together and contribute new brick forms that will dry and be included in the sculpture.

  • Suggested age range: all ages
  • Program location: meet at Salazar’s work, Matters in Shelter (and Place, Puerto Rico), 2018, located in the Maple Rooms.

Gabriela Salazar was born in New York City, to architects from Puerto Rico. Her work examines the relationship of the built environment and material histories to our sense of self and place. Solo exhibitions include My Lands are Islands, NURTUREart, Brooklyn; In Advance of a Storm (for Luis and Antonia) (for A and L) (for parents) (for two), The Lighthouse Works’ Fellowship in Public Art; For Closure (Outdoors, the Bronx), Bronx River Art Center, and, most recently, Eye of Palm, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesThe New Yorkerhyperallergic, and The Brooklyn Rail. Salazar has been in residence or fellowship at Workspace, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Open Sessions at The Drawing Center, and AIRspace at Abrons Art Center, NYC.  She holds an MFA from RISD, a BA from Yale University, and lives, works, and teaches in NYC.

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