Maya Ciarrocchi is an interdisciplinary artist working across media in drawing, printmaking, video, and performance. Her projects center on the excavation of vanished histories, themes rooted in queerness, and the experience of her Ashkenazi ancestry. Ciarrocchi investigates how displacement writes itself into generational consciousness by layering redrawn maps and architectural renderings of disappeared and imagined places. The resulting compositions construct new, fantastical spaces that offer possibilities for healing and remembrance.
Ciarrocchi's previous career as a dancer/choreographer and theatrical designer allowed her to create work in various formats, from performance in site-specific locations to large-scale projections in traditional and non-traditional theatrical venues. These past experiences inform her current multi-disciplinary studio practice. Her work includes a diverse range of palettes, including monochromatic prints, drawings, videos, and vibrantly painted color abstractions. The scale of these projects varies from small format to large public artworks and installations.
Ciarrocchi's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has received residencies and fellowships from the Bronx Museum of the Arts (AIM), LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (Swing Space), MacDowell, Millay Arts, New York Artists
Equity, UCross, and Wave Hill (Winter Workspace). She received a 2021 New York City Department of Cultural Affairs City Artist Corps Grant, a 2020 BRIO Award from the Bronx Council of the Arts, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, a Film/Video Grant from The Jerome Foundation, and funding from the 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.
Her interdisciplinary project Gender/Power, which she co-directs with her collaborative partner Kris Grey, has been presented at Gibney, the Invisible Dog Arts Center, Jack, and Smack Mellon. Gender/Power has received funding support from the MAP Fund, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Bay and Paul Foundation, and the Franklin Furnace Fund. The project has been awarded residencies from the Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Process Space. Gender/Power was a participant in the Moving Towards Justice Cohort at Gibney.
Ciarrocchi earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, and a BFA from SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY.
M.F.A. Computer Art, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
B.F.A. Dance, Purchase College, Purchase, NY
AWARDS / GRANTS / RESIDENCIES
2022 Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY (forthcoming)
2021 City Artists Corps Grant
2021 Trust for Mutual Understanding Project Grant
2020 BRIO Award, Bronx Council on the Arts
2020 FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund
2020 Andrew Freedman Home Studio Residency, Bronx, NY2020 Wave Hill Winter Workspace, Bronx, NY
2019 MacDowell, NEA Fellowship, Peterborough, NH
2019 Equity b[x] Residency Fellow Program, New York, NY
2019 Moving Towards Justice 2019 Cohort, Gibney, NYC
2018 Laboratory for Jewish Culture, LABA Fellowship, NYC
2018 Works on Water Residency, Governors Island, NYC
2018 Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY
2017 Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts
2017 AIM, Bronx Museum of the Arts
2016 MAP Fund
2016 Franklin Furnace Fund
2021 Solo Exhibition, Equity Gallery, New York, NY
2019 Solo Exhibition, Site: Yizkor, The Gallery at the 14th St. Y, New York, NY
2018 Site Yizkor, performance, 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 COMMISSIONS
2021 Public Art Commission, Rivers, Dreams, Invisible Cities, Installation, Works on Water, Building 5B, Governors Island, NY
2021 Public Art Commission, This Place Has a Body, Mural,14th Street Y, New York, NY
2021 Public Art Commission, This Place Has a Body, LED Billboard and Lobby Gallery Installation, ZAZ10TS, New York, NY
2020 Public Art Performance, A Remedy for a Constitutional Crisis, reading of the US Constitution, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Public Art Performance A Remedy for a Constitutional Crisis, reading of the US Constitution, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY
GROUP EXHIBITIONS / SCREENINGS
2020 Group Exhibition, From Dark to Light: A Holiday Celebration, Jason McCoy Gallery, Artsy online
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 Files, 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
2020 Site: Yizkor, performance collaboration with Andrew Conklin, Bronx Museum of the Arts Block Gallery
2019 Site: Yizkor, performance collaboration with Andrew Conklin, Center for New Music, San Francisco
2016 Gender/Power Composition IV, collaboration with Kris Grey, JACK, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Gender/Power Composition IV, collaboration with Kris Grey, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
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. “After Death, People Come and Touch Your Things”, LABAJournal(January 2, 2019) https://labajournal.com/2019/01/people-come/
Ciarrocchi, Maya and Grey, Kris. “Artwork: Gender/Power” Art Journal, Vol. 76, nos. 3-4, Fall Winter 2017, 86-87.
Raphael Lassauze, Mosholu breaks through, finding daylight in project, interview with Maya Ciarrocchi, Bronx, NY, Riverdale Press, May 10, 2020.
Gibney Launches New Art and Social-Justice Initiative, Art Forum, January 30, 2019
David Barbour, Desert Incident, Lighting & Sound America, p. 42-49, December 1, 2017
Mark O'Connell, Don't Just Ask Bruce Jenner for Answers, Ask Yourself, Psychology Today, May 1, 2015
Eric Hope, WPA SELECT at Artisphere, East City Art Reviews, February 12, 2015