Photo: Joanna Eldredge Morrissey
Maya Ciarrocchi is an interdisciplinary artist working across media in drawing, printmaking, video, and performance. Her projects center on vanished histories through the lens of Queerness and her Ashkenazi ancestry. Ciarrocchi investigates how displacement writes itself into generational consciousness by layering maps and architectural renderings of disappeared and mythological places. The resulting compositions construct new, fantastical spaces that offer possibilities for healing and remembrance.
Her previous career as a dancer/choreographer and theatrical designer allowed her to work in various formats across scale, technique, and palette ranging from performance in site-specific locations to large-scale projections in traditional and experimental theatrical venues. These past experiences inform Ciarrocchi's current multi-disciplinary studio practice, which includes prints and drawings, video, participatory movement-based performances, and vibrantly painted color abstractions. These projects vary from works on paper to large-scale public artworks and site-specific installations.
Ciarrocchi's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has received residencies and fellowships from the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Bronx Museum of the Arts, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, MacDowell, Millay Arts, UCross, Visual Studies Workshop, and Wave Hill. Her projects received funding from the Bay and Paul Foundation, Bronx Council on the Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Franklin Furnace Fund, Jerome Foundation, Map Fund, Mertz Gilmore, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Puffin Foundation, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. In addition to her studio practice, Ciarrocchi has created award-winning projection designs for dance and theater.
Ciarrocchi earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, and a BFA from Purchase College, Purchase, NY.
SELECTED AWARDS / GRANTS
2023 Bronx Cultural Visions Fund/Bronx Council on the Arts/Howard Gilman Foundation
2022 Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation USArtists International Grant
2022 Puffin Foundation
2021 City Artist Corps Grant, New York, NY
2020 BRIO Award, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, NY
2020 Foundation for Contemporary Arts, COVID Relief Fund
2019 Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York, NY
2019 Bay and Paul Foundation Project Grant for Gender/Power
2019 Mertz Gilmore Project Grant for Gender/Power
2017 Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Emergency Grant
2016 MAP Fund
2016 Franklin Furnace Fund
2022 LMCC Arts Center on Governors Island Residency, NY
2022 Visual Studies Workshop Project Space Residency, Rochester, NY
2020 Winter Workspace, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
2019 MacDowell, NEA Fellowship, Peterborough, NH
2019 Equity b[x] Residency Fellow Program, New York, NY
2019 Sichów Educational Foundation Artist in Residence, Sichów, Poland
2019 Gibney Moving Towards Justice Fellowship, New York, NY
2019 Laboratory for Jewish Culture, LABA Fellowship, New York, NY
2018 Works on Water Artist Residency, Governors Island, NY
2018 Millay Arts, Artist in Residence, Austerlitz, NY
2017 Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
2015 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Process Space Residency, New York, NY
2015 Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency, New York, NY
SOLO EXHIBITIONS / PERFORMANCES
2023 Performance, Site: Yizkor/King Manor, King Manor Museum, Jamaica, NY
2022 Solo Exhibition/Performance, Site: Yizkor, Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, Norman Rothstein Theatre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2022 Solo Exhibition, Wave Hill House, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
2022 Performance, Site: Yizkor, Sichów Educational Center, Sichów Duży, Poland
2022 Performance, Site: Yizkor, Roza Centre, Ruszcza, Poland
2021 Solo Exhibition, Site: Yizkor, Equity Gallery, New York, NY
2020 Performance, Site: Yizkor, Bronx Museum of the Arts Block Gallery, New York, NY
2019 Solo Exhibition, Site: Yizkor, The Gallery at the 14th St. Y, New York, NY
2018 Performance, Site Yizkor, Reimagine Festival NYC, The Theater at the 14th Street Y, New York, NY
2018 Solo Exhibition, Site: Sorel, Kinescope Gallery, New York, NY
PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
2021 Rivers, Dreams, Invisible Cities, Main Window Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
2021 Rivers, Dreams, Invisible Cities, Installation, Governors Island, NY
2021 This Place Has a Body, Mural, 14th Street Y, New York, NY
2021 This Place Has a Body, LED Video Billboard and Lobby Gallery Installation, ZAZ10TS, New York, NY
2020 A Remedy for a Constitutional Crisis, reading of the US Constitution, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
2017 A Remedy for a Constitutional Crisis, reading of the US Constitution, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY
2022 Group Exhibition, Geographies of the Self, curated by Deborah Yasinsky, Longwood Gallery, Bronx, NY
2021 Group Exhibition, Paper Works, CB Gallery, Katonah, NY
2021 Group Exhibition, Works on Water Triennial, Governors Island, NY
2020 Group Exhibition, From Dark to Light: A Holiday Celebration, Jason McCoy Gallery, Artsy
2020 Group Exhibition, Reclaimed, Reimagined, curated by David Rios Ferreira, Field Projects, New York, NY
2020 Group Exhibition, Bound up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, curated by Rachel Gugelberger, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
2020 Group Exhibition, Collar Works Flat File, curated by Jessica Cannon, Collar Works, Troy, NY
2020 Group Exhibition, Art Off-Screen, curated By Eileen Jeng Lynch, International
2019 Group Exhibition, It Could Be You: Portraiture in a Constructed World, Equity Gallery, New York, NY
2019 Group Exhibition, Rendering Likeness, La Bodega Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Group Exhibition, AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
2019 Performance, Site: Yizkor, collaboration with Andrew Conklin, Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA
2016 Performance, Gender/Power Composition IV, collaboration with Kris Grey, JACK, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Performance, Gender/Power Composition IV, collaboration with Kris Grey, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
2022 Lecture, Site: Yizkor, Conney Conference on Jewish Arts, U. of Wisconsin-Madison, March 29.
2020 Workshop, Gender/Power, Gibney, New York, NY, Nov 30 - Dec 2.
2020 Lecture/Presentation, Yizkor: Art & Memory, Jewish History Museum, Tucson, AZ, November 5.
2020 Workshop, Gender/Power, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN, October 29 - 30.
2020 Workshop, Gender/Power, Gibney, New York, NY, July 30 - August 1.
2020 Lecture, Gender/Power, Stonewall National Museum & Archives, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, June 9.
2020 Lecture/Presentation, Virtual Studio Visit Network with Wave Hill, New York, NY, May 18.
2018 Lecture/Presentation, Union College, Schenectady, NY, May 21.
2016 Workshop, Gender/Power, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, November 10 – 20.
Ciarrocchi, Maya. “The Things They Carried: “What Would You Bring?”, Canvas Compendium (December 23, 2021)
Ciarrocchi, Maya. “Excerpt-Site: Yizkor”, Jewish Book Council PB Daily (November 22, 2021)
Ciarrocchi, Maya. “Artists on Artists: Maya Ciarrocchi”, Canvas Compendium (June 22, 2021) https://bycanvas.org/2021/06/24/artists-on-artists-maya-ciarrocchi/
Ciarrocchi, Maya and Grey, Kris. “Artwork: Gender/Power” Art Journal Vol. 76, nos. 3-4 (Fall-Winter 2017): 86-87.
Weiner, Mikhal. "In Queens, a Jewish mourning ritual inspires a performance about memory." NY Jewish Week, May 18, 2023.
Ramsay, Cynthia. “Reimagining together.” Vancouver, Canada, The Jewish Independent, November 11, 2022.
Lassauze, Raphael. “Mosholu breaks through, finding daylight in project.” Riverdale Press, May 10, 2020.
Handelsman, Amy. “Filling the Spaces of the Dead.” LabaJournal, March 12, 2019.
Gibney Launches New Art and Social-Justice Initiative, Art Forum, January 30, 2019.
O'Connell, Mark. “Don't Just Ask Bruce Jenner for Answers, Ask Yourself.” Psychology Today, May 1, 2015.
Siegling, Max. “Sharing a Queer Gaze: Gender/Power (composition II) at Gibney.” Culturebot, April 6, 2015.
Hope, Eric. “WPA Select.” East City Art Reviews, February 12, 2015.
Johnson, Paddy, Kimball, Whitney, Vainsencher, Gabriela, “Art F City’s Guide to (e)merge: A Fair with a Local Focus.” Art F City, October 2, 2013.
Vainsencher. Gabriela. “Why You Should Go To The Governors Island Art Fair.” Art F City, September 16, 2013.
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MFA Computer Art, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
BFA Dance, Purchase College (SUNY), Purchase, NY