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Melissa Calderón

Calderón at work in her studio at Wave Hill. Image courtesy of Wave Hill.

Winter Workspace 2019
Glyndor Gallery | January 2–February 17

Bronx-based artist Melissa Calderón comes to Wave Hill in January of 2019 as a participant in our Winter Workspace program. Her practice engages with themes of privilege, history and current political landscapes through the mediums of embroidery, wood and textile. Calderón has exhibited at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detriot, The African American Museum in Philadelphia and, in New York, El Museo del Barrio, the Bronx Museum of Art, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Queens Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park.

Calderón looks forward to exploring numerous species of bare trees on Wave Hill’s grounds and in the woodlands during the winter season, sketching these vegetal forms and translating their patterns into embroidery. Wood panels serve as metaphors for “fallen men,” as well as for bruised and scarred skin, upon which she builds further layers of stitched thread.

Melissa Calderón, The Bronx Housing Court Monster, 2017, embroidery on raw linen, 16" x 20".

Learn more about the artist here.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.