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Library Artist in Residence Opening Reception
Thursday, May 19th
4–7 pm with timed-entry ticketing
Bard Graduate Center Library, 38 West 86 Street

Join us to explore library installations created by BGC’s current Library Artists in Residence (AiR), Jazmine Catasús and Lissy Mineo-Gonzalez. These pop-up exhibitions are the culmination of a year of research and exploration in the BGC Library. Learn about the artists’ creative processes and how they worked with the BGC Library collection and staff to achieve their visions.

In Ritual of Ornament, Jazmine Catasús examines the role of ornamentation in building knowledge systems. This project delves into how we manipulate matter to enhance political power, to affirm identity, and to connect with the cosmos. Catasús is interested in the actions we take to include the decorative in our lives and how it functions in psychological and physical spaces.

The triad of cultures that make one Dominican are muddled. As a young immigrant, Lissy Mineo-Gonzalez lost out on learning her ancestral history on the small Caribbean Island. La Matriarca outlines how she uses her artistic practice to trace her roots, celebrate the matriarch that brought her to New York City, and examine both the personal and historical loss of culture caused by multiple forces.

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Artist Bios

Jazmine Catasús is an artist and educator primarily working with print and papermaking. She is currently an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a BA from CUNY-Hunter College. She was trained as a papermaker at Pace Paper and Dieu Donné Papermill. Jazmine has taught printmaking and papermaking workshops at several institutions, including: Dieu Donné, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, International Print Center of New York, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Noguchi Museum. Her work has been exhibited nationally, most recently at Blackburn 20|20 in New York City, and the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, OH. She is currently the studio coordinator EFA-Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, a printmaking technician at the Cooper Union School of Art, and serves on the Board of Hand Papermaking Inc.

Lissy Mineo-Gonzalez is a Dominican born interdisciplinary artist inspired by the juxtaposition between urbanization and the natural world. Her relationship to this friction stems from the disparate environments occupied by herself, her family, and her ancestors. Her themes explore the spectrum of eco-feminism, relationships between humans and non-human animals and plants, extinction, impermanence, and the intangibility of human consciousness.

In 2020, Lissy was chosen to be an artist in residence at AlterWork Studios–in partnership with Back to the Lab NYC. In 2021, Lissy exhibited her work at AlterWork Studios in Queens, NY, and Gallery Petite in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is featured in En Foco’s online Apartment Gallery Series exhibition, Under Our Feet As Above Our Heads.