2020 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow Salvador Muñoz draws on his identity as a third-generation Xicano, as well as his social practice focused on queer people of color, to create an installation that highlights cultural histories that have been lost due to colonial exploitation. On the Sun Porch, the centerpiece is a large-scale sculpture honoring Xochipilli, the Mexica deity associated with flowers, creativity and sexuality. Adorned with glitter and vibrant, faux flora, Muñoz’s sculpture taps into a material lineage of flamboyancy, excess and kitsch to tease out Xochipilli's queerness. As part of the installation, Muñoz is also developing a community driven project that engages with social issues, offering herbal remedies and resources for queer people of color.
August 6, 12:30PM:
Salvador Muñoz, Virtual Meet-the-Artist
August 8, 2PM:
Convening: a Sincere Gesture
Presented in conjunction with Salvador Muñoz’s exhibition “A Sincere Gesture” on the Sun Porch, this on-site community gathering centers the health and wellness of queer people of color. Registration required, by clicking here or at 718.549.3200 x251.
As a part of the Fellowship program, Muñoz participated in the 2020 Winter Workspace.
Salvador (Sal) Muñoz addresses issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality through various mediums including photography, installation, and artist multiples. He has exhibited his work at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Auxiliary Projects, Mayday Space, Columbia University, The Lincoln Center, and many more. Salvador is currently a Van Lier Fellow at Wave Hill and an artist in residence at Trestle Art Space. Sal received a BA in Studio Art with honorary distinctions from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012.