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(At Home) On Art and Community: Artist Talk with Aliza Nisenbaum
Mexican-born artist Aliza Nisenbaum joins Hirshhorn assistant curator Betsy Johnson for a discussion about her vibrant, community-based portraits, which have taken on new meaning during this time of social isolation.

Aug 5, 2020 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Aliza Nisenbaum
Nisenbaum’s best-known artworks are intimate portraits of fellow immigrants—a natural outgrowth of her volunteer work on projects such as artist Tania Bruguera’s Immigrant Movement International (IMI)—many of whom are undocumented and accustomed to living in a state of relative invisibility. A firm believer in the importance of interpersonal relationships, she has developed a practice that is founded upon an attitude of openness and collaboration with her models, empowering them to make choices about how they are represented and soliciting their feedback throughout the process.
Betsy Johnson
Assistant Curator @Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Betsy Johnson joined the Hirshhorn’s staff in January 2016 and was appointed Assistant Curator in March 2018 with responsibilities overseeing the Museum’s photography collection. She organized Tony Lewis: Anthology 2014-2016 (2018), The Evidence Room (2019), and Feel the Sun in your Mouth: Recent Acquisition to the Hirshhorn Collection (2019). She has supported a wide array projects at the Museum, including Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who’s afraid of red, yellow, and green) (2019), including Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse (2018), Tino Sehgal: This You (2018), Does the body rule the mind, or does the mind rule the body? (2018), Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge (2017), Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn (2017), Ragnar Kjartansson (2016), and Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change (2016).