NEW/NOW Francisca Benítez
November 30, 2017–April 29, 2018
Francisca Benítez, América, Archival ink jet print,
30 x 24 inches, Courtesy of the artist
In her forthcoming exhibition at the NBMAA, New York-based artist Francisca Benítez (b. 1974, Santiago, Chile) will present new and existing works on paper and videos that trace her exploration of sign languages in the context of poetry, music, dance, and visual art. Held concurrent to the Bicentennial of the American School for the Deaf (ASD) in West Hartford, the oldest school for the Deaf in the United States and the birthplace of American Sign Language (ASL), the exhibition will engage collaboration not only with the ASD but with the Museum’s hearing and non-hearing community at large.
Throughout her career, Benítez has explored intersections between language, space, and politics through diverse media including drawing, photography, video, and performance. Although originally trained as an architect, Benítez has turned her attention increasingly to Deaf culture and sign languages in recent years—an endeavor inspired in part by her father, who became deaf as a child, and by Deaf communities’ struggles for the right to use their languages. Led by her interest in fostering encounters between Deaf and hearing communities within art spaces, she has utilized sign language as a visual form of communication, gesture, and performance in collaborative projects at institutions such as El Museo del Barrio, New York (2016), SITE Santa Fe and the New Mexico School for the Deaf, New Mexico (2016), The High Line, New York (2014), the Museo de Artes Visuales in Santiago, Chile (2013), and now the NBMAA.
NEW/NEW: Francisca Benítez is made possible by the generous support of Raul and Emilie de Brigard and the Howard Fromson Endowment for Emerging Artists. Additional funding was provided by Mr. and Mrs. Jorge A. Delano and the Mowell Family Fund.
December 14, 2017
NEW/NOW Artist Francisca Benitez
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Join Chilean-born artist Francisca Benítez to learn about her art practice and her current research on Sign Language poetry. Benítez will explain how this ...
November 29, 2017
Opening Reception: NEW/NOW Francisca Benítez
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Remarks at 6 ...
January 15, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On our annual Community Day: Martin Luther King, ...
February 22, 2018
See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary (91 mins.)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Shown iIn conjunction with the Museum's exhibition NEW/NOW: Francisca Benítez, this award-winning film follows the journey of four extraordinary deaf entertainers over the course ...
January 25, 2018
Deaf Jam (70 min.)
1:00 pm to 2:10 pm
Deaf Jam, a film by Judy Lieff, follows Isreali immigrant Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen living in New York who boldly enters the spoken ...