Photo: Joanna Eldredge Morrissey
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, MacDowell, Millay Arts, New York Artists
Equity, UCross, Visual Studies Workshop, and Wave Hill. She received a 2022 Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation USArtists International Grant to bring her project Site: Yizkor to Poland. Other grants include the 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. 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 Purchase College, Purchase, NY.
M.F.A. Computer Art, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
B.F.A. Dance, Purchase College, Purchase, NY
AWARDS / GRANTS
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
2022 Solo Exhibition, Muscota, Mosholu, Tibbetts Brook, Wave Hill House, Bronx, NY
2021 Solo Exhibition, Site: Yizkor, 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 PROJECTS
2021 Rivers, Dreams, Invisible Cities, Installation, Main Window Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
2021 Rivers, Dreams, Invisible Cities, Installation, Works on Water, Governors Island, NY
2021 This Place Has a Body, Mural, 14th Street Y, New York, NY
2021 This Place Has a Body, LED Billboard and Lobby Gallery Installation, ZAZ10TS, New York, NY
2020 A Remedy for a Constitutional Crisis, Performance, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
2017 A Remedy for a Constitutional Crisis, Performance, 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 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
2022 Site: Yizkor, performance collaboration with Andrew Conklin, Poland Tour
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
2022 Performance 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/
Raphael Lassauze, Mosholu breaks through, finding daylight in project, interview with Maya Ciarrocchi, Bronx, NY, Riverdale Press, May 10, 2020.
Ciarrocchi, Maya. “After Death, People Come and Touch Your Things”, LABAJournal (January 2, 2019) https://labajournal.com/2019/01/people-come/
Amy Handelsman, Filling the Spaces of the Dead, review of Maya Ciarrocchi’s solo exhibition, Site: Yizkor at the 14th Street Y, New York, NY, LabaJournal, March 12, 2019.
Gibney Launches New Art and Social-Justice Initiative, Art Forum, January 30, 2019
Ciarrocchi, Maya and Grey, Kris. “Artwork: Gender/Power” Art Journal Vol. 76, nos. 3-4 (Fall Winter 2017): 86-87.
Eric Hope, review of WPA Select, an exhibition at Artisphere, Washington DC, East City Art Reviews, February 12, 2015
Paddy Johnson, Whitney Kimball, and Gabriela Vainsencher, AFC’s Guide to (e)merge: A Fair with a Local Focus, review of the (e)merge Art Fair, Washington DC, Art F City, October 2, 2013.
Gabriela Vainsencher, Why You Should Go To The Governors Island Art Fair, review of the Governors Island Art Fair, New York City, Art F City, September 16, 2013.
Stephanie Merry, Paradise Lost, Found and Reconsidered, review of the exhibition Beyond the Parking Lot at Artisphere, Washington DC, The Washington Post, 2012.