Professor Joe Lewis to speak at The Broad in Los Angeles

The Un-Private Collection: John Ahearn + Rigoberto Torres + Joe Lewis

From The Broad website:

In this edition of The Un-Private Collection conversation series, artists John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres will speak with moderator Joe Lewis about the cornerstone of community and its influence on their practice and careers, including their early work at Fashion Moda, the South Bronx gallery co-founded by Lewis in 1978.

Fashion Moda operated outside the traditional art gallery district emerging in Soho at the time. The venue provided a platform for exchanges between downtown Manhattan artists, graffiti writers, and Bronx residents, encouraging the production of creative art unhampered by the contemporary art market and academic art training.

The conversation is presented concurrently with The Broad’s installation of Ahearn’s and Torres's work in our third-floor collection galleries, as well as their artist residency at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles and their exhibition Swagger and Tenderness: The South Bronx Portraits at The Bronx Museum—which has received critical acclaim in the New York Times, The New Yorker and Hyperallergic.

The program will be livestreamed on The Broad website, as well as on @TheBroadMuseum Facebook page.

About Joe Lewis

Joe Lewis is a nationally known artist and educator. He is a Professor of Art at the University of California, Irvine, President of the Noah Purifoy Foundation, and the Co-Founding Director of Fashion Moda, an artist-run space in the South Bronx, New York, where he worked with John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres. A frequent exhibitor with recent solo shows at the James Fuentes Gallery and WallWorks, New York, Lewis is in notable collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Deutsche Bank, and Museum of Modern Art, NY. Lewis has written for Art in America, Artforum, and the Brooklyn Rail. Recent curatorial and publication projects include Charles McGill: In the Rough, mounted at the Sarasota Museum of Art in 2021; "The Changing of the Guard," an introduction to Jules Allen's latest book, The Hats & Hat Nots, QCC Gallery, NY, 2022; and "Different Natures," an essay for Punch Outs, Photography by George Haas, Metagroup, Los Angeles, 2022.