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Beliz Iristay in conversation with Christie Mitchell / Riverside Art Museum

Riverside Art Museum

April 30, 2023 / 2pm-3pm

An engaging art talk and conversation between Beliz Iristay and Christie Mitchell about Tracing Acculturations: Beliz Iristay, the exhibition at Riverside Art Museum.

BELIZ IRISTAY: Beliz Iristay is a visual artist working on both sides of United States and Mexico border region. As such, her work is a representation of the identity created in the in-between spaces. Iristay creates installation work that critically examines the traditions in the cultures she has experienced, specifically as they relate to tradition, identity, gender, and custom. Iristay was born in 1979 in Izmir, Turkey and currently lives between San Diego, California and Ensenada, Baja California, México. Iristay’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in Slovenia, México, and Los Angeles. She was awarded for San Diego Art Prize in 2021 and her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; the San Diego Art Institute; Lux Art Institute SOFA Chicago; Miami Red Dot Art Fair Miami; and the Los Angeles Art Fair. She creates her projects and hosts workshops in her TURKMEX studio, which is located in the Guadalupe Valley of Baja California, México.

CHRISTIE MITCHELL: Christie Mitchell is a cultural worker and contemporary art curator. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, an organization providing arts and music resources, exhibitions, art classes, and year-round concerts and public programs to the San Diego community. Previously, she worked as an independent curator, and in the curatorial department of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York where she started as a part of the team orchestrating the museum’s move to a new building downtown. While at the Whitney she organized and co-organized multiple exhibitions including the retrospective Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again, which debuted at the Whitney before traveling to the San Francisco Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018-2020. Prior to this, she was a Research Assistant for the publication and exhibition Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.


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