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Conversation with Artist Chemi Rosado-Seijo and Laura González

Americas Society

April 3, 2017
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Admission: Free members; $10 for non-members. Prior registration is required.

Puerto Rican artist Chemi Rosado-Seijo, participant of this year’s Whitney Biennial, engages in a conversation with art historian and advisor Laura González. In this talk, they will discuss recent works as well as his community-based interventions and socially engaged art practice. A reception with the artist and moderator will follow.

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Image: Chemi Rosado-Seijo, El Cerro, 2003. Photo courtesy of Edwin Medina.


Born in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, Chemi Rosado-Seijo graduated from the painting department of the Puerto Rico School of Visual Arts in 1997. In 2000, Rosado-Seijo had his first solo show at the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona. He inaugurated the ongoing project El Cerro in 2002, working with residents of the El Cerro community, to present public art projects, workshops and other community initiatives. In 2005, he worked on a project in Art in General in which he mapped Manhattan from the perspective of a skateboarder, redrawing the city in terms of its skating sites. In 2006, together with Roberto ‘Boly' Cortes, he inaugurated La Perla’s Bowl, a sculpture built with residents of San Juan’s La Perla community that functions as both a skateboarding ramp and an actual pool. Rosado-Seijo has participated in numerous exhibitions and biennials including the Whitney (2002), Prague (2005), Havana (2006), Pontevedra (2010) and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (2014). That same year he received the Creative Capital Grant for another ongoing community project in La Perla. In 2015, Rosado-Seijo was granted The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellowship for El Cerro, honoring artists pursuing ambitious creative projects with a social purpose. Most recently he's been working with Lower Manhattan Arts Academy (LOMA) and the Whitney Museum of American Art on an exchange between both institutions as part of his inclusion in the 2017 Whitney Biennial.

Laura González is an art advisor at Sokoloff + Associates LLC (S+A), where her focus is on developing private and institutional collections of contemporary art. Prior to joining S+A, she served as director of Latin American art at Phillips Auctioneers, where for four years she promoted emerging and established artists from the region. During her tenure at the auction house, González was responsible for business development and client management in the Contemporary and Latin American Art departments, as well as catalogue production, exhibition design, and historical art research. She is credited with helping reposition the Latin American market within the contemporary field, granting it a broader global context. A graduate of Yale University’s History of Art Department, González was a Goodyear Curatorial Fellow at the Yale University Art Gallery, where some of her responsibilities included researching and cataloguing the gallery’s extensive collection of Greco-Roman and Mesoamerican art. She completed her Senior Thesis on Pablo Picasso’s Post-War paintings of children, and has written for publications such as Claridad in Puerto Rico and Artlog in New York City. She will be based in London for the next year while she pursues graduate studies at The Courtauld Institute.