What We Hold: Youth Voices on Roots and What Matters Most
March 25, 2018 – March 25, 2019
Contemporary Jewish Museum

The teen years are instrumental in the creation of self. But what shapes us? What family stories become our core stories? What pieces of ourselves are formed and reformed from our heritage? In What We Hold: Youth Voices on Roots and What Matters Most, over seventy teens, ranging in age from 14 to 18, created individual audio segments reflecting on family journeys, music, food, traditions, language, and moments of choice, that have made an imprint on their identities. Each recording acts as a thread connecting generations.

What We Hold is the fifth, and largest, in a series of Contemporary Jewish Museum installations highlighting youth voices. For this project, teens considered what pieces of themselves reflect influences from their cultural inheritance and family life. The youth were then asked to interview a family member or loved one and go further in their reflection. What resulted are these compelling recordings offering a snapshot of what they uncovered, a rare window into youth perspectives today, and a place for youth to shine and share their voice.

Tajh Rust,  -nation , 2016.

Tajh Rust, -nation, 2016.

Voices Need Heroes
May 27 - June 17, 2017

NURTUREart presents Voices Need Heroes curated by Project Curate with PJ Gubatina Policarpio and featuring artworks by:  Ify Chiejina, Walter Cruz, Sylvia Hernandez, Umesh Mangipudi, Kwantaeck Park, and Tajh Rust. 

How do heroes shape our communities? How can we be heroes and make this world better? This exhibition brings attention to the uses of power and how they can affect a community. It highlights the lives of all people by celebrating diversity and freedom as well as remembering challenges and loss.

NURTUREart’s Project Curate is a yearly curatorial course with students of Juan Morel Campos High School in South Williamsburg. This year’s team of students worked with PJ Gubatina Policarpio, a community arts organizer: a socially-engaged artist, curator, programmer, writer, and educator. His multidisciplinary practice utilizes research, archive, collaboration, curatorial, education and public engagement as both art and tool. He has organized exhibitions and programming in various spaces across New York City.

Ify Chiejina,  she’s titled, she’s of rank. dark-skinned red lips , 2015

Ify Chiejina, she’s titled, she’s of rank. dark-skinned red lips, 2015

say it in any language you want
September 2 - December 13, 2016
Dixon Place

Dixon Place presents say it in any language you want curated by PJ Gubatina Policarpio featuring artworks by Anthony Castro, Ify Chiejina, and Aldrin Valdez

say it in any language you want brings together artists working vibrantly on paper and other materials, reinterpreting motifs and techniques to build a distinct vocabulary, creating a visual lexicon all their own. These artists weave together intersecting artistic practices; merging languages, diasporas and universes to express new pictorial imaginations.

Camilo Godoy,  Study (HIV Criminalization) , 2013

Camilo Godoy, Study (HIV Criminalization), 2013

Rally: Queer Art and Activism Now
July 6 - August 25, 2015
Dixon Place

Rally: Queer Art and Activism Now highlights the engaged, creative, and visionary approaches that this group of artists has brought to bear by making visible the struggle to push the country to be better, more fair, and more respectful of all. The exhibition includes work by Camilo Godoy, Kristen Haskell, Gabriel Garcia Roman, Tinted Justice, and WERRRQSHOP. Curated by PJ Gubatina Policarpio and Beck Feibelman

There are three senses of the word “RALLY” that served as building blocks for this exhibition. There is “rally” in the sense of a march, a manifestation, a physical coming together of engaged protesters and activists. We are also influenced by “rally” as a verb: activists reaching out to bring others into their engaged fold, recruiting more colleagues and allies for political action. The third meaning is more metaphorical: The sense of someone rallying themself, someone going through a struggle and transcending it to pull themself together and move beyond it, refusing to stay down after being knocked down.

The powerful, engaged, activist artists we have rallied for this exhibition do important work, and we can help to improve the country for everyone if we pay attention and follow their lead.

Texas Isaiah,  Daryl and Lee for BLACKNESS , 2014

Texas Isaiah, Daryl and Lee for BLACKNESS, 2014

Visualizing Queerness: Seven Contemporary Artists
June 30 - August 22, 2014
Dixon Place

The American queer community has made dramatic progress in visibility and in the exercise of social and political power in recent years. But really, it is not so much a singular queer community, but a diverse and complex array of multiple queer communities. Visualizing Queerness: Seven Contemporary Artists features works by Ana Benaroya, Zen Browne, Tinker Coalescing, Machine Dazzle, Sara Lautman, André Singleton and Texas Isaiah. Curated by PJ Gubatina Policarpio and Beck Feibelman.

Art has always been one of the most vital ways in which these communities have communicated to themselves, to each other, and to the outside world. This exhibition brings together work by seven queer artists—including the performance by André Singleton at the opening reception—who seek to represent themselves and their circles with a combination of respect, wit, dignity, defiance, and glamour.

The artworks in this show focuses on specific, individual personalities—both actual portrait subjects and fanciful imagined figures—and do not rely on queer stereotypes or stock characters. They create beautiful and dynamic images of communities either on or just under the surface. All of these artists display the clarity of vision and boldness of expression that are important to the work of making their communities visible and powerful. As they should be.