“Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”*
Eduardo Crespo and John Silvis
The Body Electric exhibition artist Eduardo Crespo and curator and art advisor John Silvis discuss the role of identity politics in contemporary art. Crespo’s work questions how we see ourselves and the impact of culturally mediated messages about the body, its meanings, and its limits. What does embodiment mean? Crespo embarked on a complex journey into the trans community and arrived at a transition to discover his authentic self.
Eduardo Andres Crespo, formerly known as Andrea Crespo, was born in Miami and lives and works in New York. In the past, Crespo examined cultural and historical narratives surrounding different forms of psychological and bodily being. His practice has encompassed identity, or errors of identity, though he has also focused on the connections of psychopathological realities, cultural formations, and digital communities associated with them. His body of works range from video and sound installations to prints and drawings.
John Silvis is a New York-based curator and art advisor. His recent artist research has included artists from Berlin, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Singapore. In addition to curating contemporary art in New York and Los Angeles, he writes for Artsy, CNN, and PARNASS. Recent curatorial projects include Season 3 at the Orange County Museum of Art; Twinkle at Barney Savage, New York; and Define Gravity: Sculpture in the Ahmanson Collection, Ahmanson Gallery, Irvine, California.
In an age dominated by digital technology, The Body Electric explores themes of the real and the virtual, the organic and the artificial, moving from the world into the screen and back again, with a particular emphasis on questions of gender, sexuality, class, and race. Building on ideas raised by the art in the exhibition, MOAD Talks brings together artists, curators, critics, and others to discuss the impact of art, science, and technology on contemporary life.
MOAD Talks include four live online programs on Zoom, as well as four prerecorded events available on the Museum’s Vimeo and YouTube channels. MOAD Talks are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required for live events.
*The title is taken from Eduardo Crespo, Transitions: Living and Leaving the Trans Life (2021), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y33T2HcMCHY&t=48s.