David Brooks and José Roca in Conversation
April 13, 2021
About the event
This conversation was presented in conjunction with the exhibition Stayin' Alive, on view at ANOTHER SPACE through April 25, 2021.
David Brooks is an artist whose work considers the relationship between the individual and the built and natural environment. His work investigates how cultural concerns cannot be divorced from the natural world, while also questioning the terms under which nature is perceived and utilized. Brooks has had solo exhibitions and major projects at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; Storm King Art Center; MoMA Ps1; deCordova Museum; the Dallas Contemporary; Tang Museum; deCordova Museum, MA; Nouveau Musée National de Monaco; Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg; Nevada Museum of Art; Ballroom Marfa; the Sculpture Center, NYC; The Visual Arts Center, Austin; Cass Sculpture Foundation, UK; and the American Academy in Rome, among others. From 2011 to 2012 Brooks presented Desert Rooftops on Times Square, a 5000-sq. ft. earthwork commissioned by Art Production Fund; and from 2017 to 2018 a large-scale geologic installation on Governors Island as the inaugural commission by the Trust for Governors Island. He is the recipient of the Rome Prize, a research grant to the Ecuadorian Amazon from the Coypu Foundation, and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Brooks lives and works in New York and New Orleans, and is a professor at NYU Gallatin.
José Roca is a Colombian curator, currently the Artistic Director of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, Australia. He runs FLORA ars+natura, an independent space for contemporary art in Bogotá. From 2012-2015 Roca was the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate, London, and in 2012-2015 served as the curator of the LARA collection, Singapore. He managed the arts program at the Banco del a República (MAMU) in Bogotá and was a co-curator of the I Poly/graphic Triennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2004), the 27th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2006), and the Encuentro de Medellín MDE07 (2007). The Artistic Director of Philagrafika 2010, Philadelphia's International Triennial celebrating print in contemporary art, Roca served on the awards jury for the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007), and was chief curator of the 8 Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2011). The author of Transpolitical: art in Colombia 1992-2012 (with Sylvia Suárez), and Waterweavers: A Chronicle of Rivers (with Alejandro Martín), published by the Bard Graduate Center in New York in conjunction with the exhibition Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture (2014), Roca received the Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program (2001-2002), the Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2002-2003), and the CIFO Curatorial Achievement award.