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Luis Rivera Jimenez: A Brief Proposal on Race and Cultural Cosplay


Aug 19, 2023
Dec 31, 2023
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ASU Art Museum
51 E 10th St, Tempe, AZ 85281
Tempe, 85281
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Luis Rivera Jimenez (b. 1997 San Juan, Puerto Rico) uses the intricacies of language, political thought and daily experience in the Caribbean to create intentional spaces of learning, conversation and care. The artist’s sculptural objects and installations pose questions about the dynamics of race and representation. His practice reflects upon and explores the underpinning of what he describes as a “global digital society,” where a relationship between memory, images and symbols can be traced, mapped and proliferated.

“Luis Rivera Jimenez: A Brief Proposal on Race and Cultural Cosplay” is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition, presenting new works that the artist created while in residence at CALA Alliance in early 2023. This interactive installation is informed by conversations, encounters and materials found by the artist during his time in Phoenix. The objects and texts within the exhibition build on the artist’s accumulation and processing of various tools: discussions, found objects, experiences in contact with communities, digital content and physical and ephemeral materials.

The exhibition will be on view from Aug. 19 through Dec. 31, 2023, at the ASU Art Museum at Nelson Fine Arts Center. The opening reception will be Saturday, August 19, 2023 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Exhibition Programming:

Board of Directors

2024 Race and Cultural Cosplay Retreat

Schedule in Brief

  1. Opening Reception

Saturday, August 19, 2023

6:00-8:00 PM // ASU Art Museum

  1. Keynote Address

Sunday, August 20, 2023 // Translation and Language Justice in the Borderlands

12:00–1:30 PM // ASU Art Museum Gallery 1

  1. Annual Report, Insights and Developments into Race and Cultural Cosplay

Thursday, September 7, 2023 // Performance

6:00–8:00 PM // ASU Art Museum Gallery 1 + 2


“Luis Rivera Jimenez: A Brief Proposal on Race and Cultural Cosplay” is organized by Alana Hernandez, CALA Alliance Curator of Latinx Art at the ASU Art Museum, with Sade Moore, Curatorial Assistant at CALA Alliance. The exhibition is made possible by gifts to CALA Alliance’s general operating fund and a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Image credit: Luis Rivera Jimenez, prototype for “Phatic Function #2,” 2023. LaserJet printed paper, glue, water, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and CALA Alliance. Photograph by Shaunté Glover.

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