The Loisaida Center is proud to announce

2019 Artistic Residency Recipient:

Alva Mooses & Claudia Cortínez


Winter-Spring 2019


LAZO is an online and itinerant exhibition platform that functions as a resource and archive for contemporary artists of Latin American and Caribbean descent. The website and related programming aims to create dialogue among artists working primarily in NYC and Latin American cities that reflect on histories connected to the Americas, addressing cultural and material identities through a multi-centered lens. Our intention is to offer a fluid framework to understand and engage with art that is informed by both distinct cultural heritages and increasingly global perspectives.


Our objective is to utilize the Loisaida Center as a space to develop project LAZO, where we will be working with artists from this range of communities who intersect various mediums, investigating the historic and conceptual overlaps between disciplines. If you are interested in collaborating with project LAZO please email: During our residency we will have active programming from December 2018 through April of 2019, including a website launch, artist talks/screenings, workshops, and a series of exhibitions bringing together artists in conversation. The events which take place at Loisaida will feed into a growing archive on the LAZO website content.


Along with the series of group exhibitions and related programming, we will develop an installation of our individual work as a culmination of the residency.

Residency Duration:

December 2018 through April of 2019

Exhibitions & Related Event Schedule:

+ Supported at its Ends—Hanging by its Weight
Opening Reception: January 29th, 2019 | 6-8 PM
January 29th – February 8th, 2019

Exhibition Opening Reception, photos by: Melvin Audaz (


+ LAZO dinner party at the Loisaida Center
Date: February 23rd, 2019 | 6-8 PM
This gathering celebrates the beginning of project LAZO with friends, artists, curators, and related practitioners who we hope to introduce to one another and to be in conversation with in our project. The dinner involved a casual art exchange: where a drawing, print or text was placed on the wall to share.






Opening Reception: March 2nd, 2019 | 6-8 PM
March 2nd – March 12th, 2019
Curated by: Javier Bosques in collaboration with LAZO






Opening Reception: March 19th, 2019 | 6-8 PM
March 19th – March 25th, 2019
Curated by: Silvia Benedetti in collaboration with LAZO






About the artists:

LAZO is a collaborative project founded by Alva Mooses and Claudia Cortínez. We are artists of Latin American descent focusing on intersections of photography, sculpture and printmaking and began working together while doing our graduate studies together at Yale University. We have organized exhibitions, publications, and talks that support artists while furthering cross-cultural dialogue. Both born in the U.S. (Alva to parents from Mexico & the U.S. and Claudia to parents from Argentina & Chile) our practices have relied largely on being based in NYC while working internationally creating ties to distinct communities.

Alva Mooses
Alva Mooses is an artist based in New York. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union and her MFA from Yale University. She has exhibited her work at the 10th Havana Biennial, Instituto Cervantes in NY, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, Logan Center for the Arts, Eduardo Sívori Museum, among others. She has completed residencies such as the APL Program at The University of Chicago, Tou Trykk in Stavanger, Norway, the Davidoff Art Initiative in the Dominican Republic, and Casa Wabi in Oaxaca, Mexico. She has presented her work through artist talks at the Swiss Institute in NYC, Rogaland Kunstsenter in Norway, University of Chicago, among others. She is the recipient of a Yale University Schoelkopf Fellowship, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Artist Community Engagement Grant, and UChicago Arts Grant, among others. Since 2004, she has organized community art initiatives and collaborations in Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, El Salvador, and Argentina. Alva currently teaches Sculpture at The Cooper Union School of Art.

Claudia Cortínez
Claudia Cortínez is a visual artist currently living and working between Buenos Aires and NYC. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA at Yale University. She is the recipient of the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship from Yale University (2012), the Blair Dickinson Memorial Grant from Yale University (2013), the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant in NYC (2013), among others. She has exhibited her work extensively in solo and group shows in the US, Latin America, and Europe, and has curated exhibitions at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center in NYC (2016) and the Eduardo Sívori Museum in Buenos Aires (2018), bringing together artists from both cities. She has participated in various residencies such as LMCC Swing Space (2014), La Ira de Dios (BsAs, 2016), Mass MoCA (2017), Real Time and Space (CA, 2018), and Tou Trykk (Norway, 2018), among others. She is currently an artist in residence at the NARS Foundation in Brooklyn, NY.

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