Introducing Ms. Elyse Gonzales aka Assistant Curator at the ICA.
Ms. Gonzales is quite a curator and I am speaking from personal experience, as she was my curator for the ICA ramp project. Working with Elyse was very enjoyable...I mean, come on, she's Elyse Gonzales.
Elyse is beloved by my lady, my mom and Christine Settino.
So, at the Whitney thing Elyse focused on the goals of I-95 and why I show my stuff in museums. She talked a little bit about the Ramp Project but we didn't talk about the battle over the carpet. Which, P.S., I totally won!
And please note Ms. Gonzales's prescient answer from this interview she did a few years ago...
Q .But sometimes you work with difficult artists. How has that been?
A. (from EG) Sometime it's the most frustrating thing but the most rewarding because the reason we work with the artists we do is because they are so passionate and so committed to their work.
Little did she know that the most difficult artist would be coming up in the future, a future that would be filled with the demands of Zoe Strauss.
Read this about Elyse-
"Elyse Gonzales is the Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.
She received her undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of New Mexico and a Masters from
the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. She has worked at the Williams College Museum
of Art and the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. While at the ICA she has curated exhibitions of drawings by
Amy Cutler and an installation of photographs by Zoe Strauss."
I am encouraging Elyse to curate a show about contemporary artists visions and (re)interpretations of Renaissance Faires and include a project with a maypole.
(Also a shout out to Emilio)