Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga

Structural Patterns

Reflections on Art, Technology and Society

Archive for January, 2013

Final Weekend of ReGeneration at NY Hall of Science

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a geography of being | una geografia de ser

Child playing “a geography of being | una geografia de ser” at the NY Hall of Science

This the final weekend of the exhibition ReGeneration at the NY Hall of Science in Corona Park. Various events and workshops will be occurring today. Catch the show before it comes down! Click here for more information on ReGeneration

The exhibition features my own “a geography of being : una geografia de ser” – an interactive art installation that reflects upon the dynamics of the undocumented immigrant population in the United States, specifically in relation to undocumented youth. The installation consists of wooden kinetic sculptures with animated displays titled “Undocumented Drones” and a video game that places the player in the role of an undocumented youth that must face several challenges in the search for self-determination beyond the imposed constraints of citizenry. View Documentation of the Installation. Or play the game online.

Frank Moore at Grey Art Gallery

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The Great American Traveling Medicine Show

“The Great American Traveling Medicine Show,” 1990-91, Frank Moore, oil on board

I had forgotten about Frank Moore’s paintings until this past fall when Martha Wilson invited me a long to a meeting with Fales Library director Marvin Taylor. Marvin is an amazing cultural resource, a big fan of the Lower East Side arts movements of the 70s and 80s, he’s a guy filled with interesting stories. (To learn more about Marvin Taylor, visit Betty Ling Miu’s blog.) Before the meeting, Marvin asked Martha and I to sit down and watch “Beehive” a 1985 experimental dance film directed by Frank Moore and Jim Self. For the making of the film Frank Moore transformed his studio into an elaborate bee hive in which the dancers perform the elaborate lives of bees. Following the meeting, Marvin dropped us off at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery to see “Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore,” a retrospective that continues from the Fales Library special collections to the street level gallery across Washington Square Park.

It had been over a decade since I had seen “Beehive” or spent time with Frank Moore’s paintings and I immediately recalled how much these paintings inspired me during undergraduate years at UC Berkley. The paintings are detailed, elaborately portraying societal shortcomings. An element that strongly stands out in Frank Moore’s paintings is the construction of frames that are thematically tied to the paintings. Each painting has its own unique frame from copper water pipes to a frame wrapped with collaged maps. The exhibition captures how prolific Frank Moore was until he died of AIDS at the age of 48. Roberta Smith wrote an excellent review of the exhibition for the NY Times.


“Arena,” 1992, Frank Moore, oil and silkscreen on canvas mounted on wood in antique gilded frame

Freedom to Share

“Freedom to Share,” 1994, oil and glass beads on canvas mounted on wood


“Pearline” 1991, Frank Moore, oil on canvas in antique gilded frame


“Oz,” 1999-2000, Frank Moore, oil and silkscreen on canvas mounted on featherboard with frame constructed of printed road map on aluminum


“Niagara,” 1994-95, Frank Moore, oil and silkscreen on canvas mounted on wood in frame constructed from metal faucet knobs and copper pipe

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January 7th, 2013 at 11:09 am

UPCOMING! Queens Road to College Clinic

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Saturday, January 5th from 12pm-4pm
New York Hall of Science on 47-01 111th Street
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, NY 11368
Take 7 train to 111th St stop
***Say code “road to clinic”***
Attendees will get a FREE museum tour!!

FREE community workshop geared to inform and support undocumented youth, children of immigrants and all youth regardless of immigration status with their college application process while providing them with skills to become their own advocates when navigating the education system. Get support with:

filling out college applications (CUNY, SUNY, private)
essay and resume writing
financing college and how to apply for scholarships
legal referrals, Deferred action info and more resources

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January 3rd, 2013 at 9:51 pm