Pulse Meridian Foliation

Lisa Alvarado
Past event


Opening reception and performance: April 6 at 7 PM

Lisa Alvarado is a visual artist and musical performer, originally from San Antonio (TX) and based in Chicago (IL). Her artistic practice takes inspiration from numerous social histories such as the textile traditions and public muralism in the Americas, her family’s experience as Mexican Americans in the border region, the Chicano Movement, and her musical performances with the band Natural Information Society (NIS), where she plays the harmonium. Pulse Meridian Foliation is a threshold composed of a new immersive mural, a collection of double-sided paintings, a series of photos, and a sound installation. The exhibition explores how memory can be transformed through the body’s relationship to geography and geology, as well as engaging with the concept of Nepantla (in-between) as theorized by Chicana feminist Gloria Anzaldúa.

I see Alvarado as part of a long-overdue appreciation for the political possibilities and nuances of abstraction.

Jillian Steinhauer, The New York Times

The exhibition is organized by REDCAT Chief Curator and Deputy Director, Programs, Daniela Lieja Quintanar.

Special thanks to Bridget Donahue Gallery.

The exhibition is funded in part with generous support from the Elizabeth A. Greenberg Fund.

about the artist

Lisa Alvarado

Lisa Alvarado (b. 1982) is an American visual artist and performer known for her free-hanging abstract paintings. Her works operate as stage sets and artworks simultaneously and engage with abstraction beyond the parameters of Western art history. Alvarado’s paintings accompany musical performances as a mobile setting for the band Natural Information Society, for which she plays harmonium. Alvarado’s work is included in the Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Previous solo exhibitions include Scab Diagram, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland (2021); Thalweg, Bridget Donahue, New York, New York (2020); Polyphonic Shadow Cloth, LC Queisser, Tbilisi, Georgia (2018); Sound Talisman, Bridget Donahue, New York, New York (2017); Traditional Object, Soccer Club Club, Chicago, Illinois (2013); and Limpia, Soccer Club Club, Chicago, Illinois (2012). She has also exhibited her work at the Bergen Kunsthall (Norway); Institute of Contemporary Art( Philadelphia); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Bridget Donahue (New York); The Modern Institute (Glasgow); and KMAC Museum (Louisville). Selected performances include Palais de Tokyo (Paris); Pitchfork Music Festival (Chicago); Big Ears Music Festival (Knoxville); Rewire Festival (Netherlands); Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia); Japan Society (New York); The Common Guild (Glasgow); and Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Portugal). Alvarado is represented by Bridget Donahue in New York.