Panel discussion led by sociology professor Ginetta Candelario with artist Lina Puerta, artist Elia Alba, and art historian Tatiana Reinoza.


About this Event

Join KODA Arts for a panel discussion led by sociology professor Ginetta Candelario, with artist Lina Puerta, artist and author Elia Alba, and art historian Tatiana Reinoza, presented in partnership with New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). The discussion will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the women's suffrage movement and encourage especially Latinx communities to vote. Speakers will explore the theme of identity at the crossroads of the individual and the collective. What rights do we have as humans—how have such rights been suppressed on grounds of 'categories' of identity such as ethnicity or gender. How is an individual's identity (and its expression) in current society influenced by identifications of gender and ethnicity. Could we move, as a society, towards surpassing such divisive categories towards a more 'collective' identity, seeing ourselves as citizens of the Earth. How would reconsiderations of gender identity influence our social, political, economic rights?

This event is open to everyone and is particularly geared towards women-identifying individuals.

Ginetta Candelario

In addition to being a professor of sociology, Ginetta Candelario is a faculty affiliate of the Latin American and Latina/o Studies Program, the Study of Women and Gender Program, the Community Engagement and Social Change Concentration at Smith College. She is also the current editor of Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism. She is the founding vice president of the National Latin@ Studies Association (LSA) and a founding executive committee member of the New England Consortium for Latina/o Studies (NECLS). She was appointed by the American Sociological Association to its Committee on Professional Ethics for 2017–19, and she has served as the Gender Section co-chair, the Latina/o Studies Program track chair, and the Latino Studies Section co-chair for the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

Candelario's research interests include Dominican history and society, with a focus on national identity formation and women’s history; Blackness in the Americas; Latin American, Caribbean and Latina feminisms; Latina/o communities (particularly Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican); U.S. beauty culture; and museum studies. Her first book, Black behind the ears: Dominican Racial Identity from Museums to Beauty Shops received the 2009 Best Book Award from the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association and the 2008 Best Book Award from the New England Council of Latin American Studies. She has been teaching community-based learning and research courses on The Sociology of Hispanic Caribbean Communities in the U.S. for which she has received various awards. 

Lina Puerta

Lina Puerta was born in New Jersey, raised in Colombia and lives and works in New York City. Puerta holds an MSEd in Art Education from Queens College/CUNY and has exhibited internationally. She is currently the 2019/2020 Artist-in-Residency at the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling in Harlem. She has also been honored with the 2017 NYFA Fellowship in Crafts/Sculpture, Fall 2017 Artist-in-Residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, the 2016 Dieu Donné Workspace Residency, Artprize-8 Sustainability Award, 2015 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, 2015 Kohler Arts Industry Residency (WI), 2014-15 Keyholder Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop, 2013-14 Smack Mellon Art Studio Program, 2014 Materials for the Arts Artist Residency, 2013 Wave Hill Winter Workspace, and the 2010 Emerging Artist Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. Exhibition venues include the Ford Foundation Gallery, The Museum of Biblical Art, El Museo del Barrio, Socrates Sculpture Park, Wave Hill, and Geary Contemporary in New York City; 21C Museum Hotels in Louisville, KY and Bentonville, AR; and Pi Artworks in London. Puerta's work has been written about in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, and Artnet News among others.

Elia Alba

Elia Alba, born in Brooklyn in 1962, is a multidisciplinary artist, who works in photography, video and sculpture. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College in 1994 and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2001. She has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Those include the Studio Museum in Harlem, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Science Museum, London; Smithsonian Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, ITAU Cultural Institute, São Paulo; National Museum of Art, Reina Sofía, Madrid and the 10th Havana Biennial. She is a recipient of numerous awards and residencies for example, the Studio Museum in Harlem Artist-in Residence Program in 1999; New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, Crafts 2002 and Photography 2008; Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 2002 and Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant 2002 and 2008; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Workspace Program, 2009, and Anonymous Was A Woman Award, 2019. Collections include the Smithsonian Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, Lowe Art Museum. Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Art Forum, ArtNews, Cultured Magazine to name a few.

Her book, Elia Alba, The Supper Club, critically acclaimed by The New York Times, produced by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, published by Hirmer June 2019, brings together artists, scholars and performers of diasporic cultures, through photography, food and dialogue to examine race and culture in the United States. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at The Andrew Freeman Home in the Bronx.

Tatiana Reinoza

Professor Tatiana Reinoza is an assistant professor of Latinx art in the Department of Art, Art History & Design at the University of Notre Dame. She specializes in the history of printmaking in Latinx communities in the United States with an emphasis on the themes of immigration, race, and histories of colonialism. Her own journey as an immigrant from El Salvador and interdisciplinary training—in the fields of ethnic studies and art history—have shaped her intellectual formation. She earned her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, and subsequently joined the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College for a postdoctoral fellowship. Her teaching at Notre Dame includes seminars such as Latinx Art & Activism, Borderlands Art & Theory, as well as surveys in 20th Century Latin American Art.

Her current book project Territorial Futures: Latinx Artists Remap the Americas examines how contemporary Latinx artists contest xenophobic forms of territoriality and nativism. She is also at work on a coedited anthology that commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the East Los Angeles graphic workshop Self Help Graphics. Her academic writing has appeared in the Archives of American Art Journal, alter/nativas: latin american cultural studies journal, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, and edited anthologies such as A Library for the Americas: The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018). She serves on the board of the digital image library and Interfaith Action of Southwest Michigan.

The panel discussion is organized in partnership with New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH.

About Humanities NY

The mission of Humanities New York is to strengthen civil society and the bonds of community, using the humanities to foster engaged inquiry and dialogue around social and cultural concerns.

About New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) was established in 1971 to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. Today, the nonprofit organization’s programs and services are far-reaching and are rooted in a wealth of physical and online resources. Each year, NYFA awards $3 million in cash grants to individual visual, performing, and literary artists based in New York State. NYFA’s Fiscal Sponsorship program, one of the oldest and most reputable in the country, helps national artists and arts organizations raise and manage an average of $4 million annually. NYFA’s Learning programs, including its Artist as Entrepreneur and Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, provide thousands of artists, creatives, and arts administrators with professional development training and support. NYFA’s website,, is used by more than 1 million people and features more than 20,000 opportunities and resources available to artists in all disciplines.

About KODA

KODA Arts Inc. is a nonprofit arts organization based in New York dedicated to mid-career artists of diverse backgrounds. KODA grants residencies to allow for experimentation and facilitates creative projects through strategic partnerships with socially engaged businesses. KODA is the go-to thinking spot and serves the community through exhibitions of contemporary art, events and outreach to strengthen art education. KODA’s projects and strategy are artist-centered and aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. KODA is fiscally sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).


October 21st, 2020 6:00 PM
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