Alva Mooses received a BFA from The Cooper Union and a MFA from Yale University. She has exhibited her work at the the 10th Havana Biennial, Instituto Cervantes in NY, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, Logan Center for the Arts, among others. Recent exhibitions include Retrato de un Paisaje at Museo Sívori in Buenos Aires, A Day’s Dust at Studio17 in Stavanger, Norway, and Internalized Borders at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC. She has completed residencies at The University of Chicago, Columbia College, Tou Trykk in Stavanger, Norway, MAG in Saltillo, Mexico, The Loisaida Center, NYC, Davidoff Art Initiative in the Dominican Republic, and Casa Wabi, Oaxaca, Mexico. She has presented her work through artist talks at the Swiss Institute in NY, Rogaland Kunstsenter in Norway, SAIC among numerous other locations. Mooses is a recipient of a Yale University Schoelkopf Traveling Fellowship, the Socrates Sculpture Park Fellowship, the Rema Hort Mann Community Engagement Grant, and UChicago Arts Grant.
Since 2004, Mooses has organized community art initiatives and collaborations in Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, El Salvador and Argentina. She co-founded the collective Grupo < >. Through exhibitions, publications, and artist talks Grupo < > generated critical dialogue regarding the complexities of art-making while challenging preconceptions based on gender and geography (2015-2017). Mooses is co-founder of the online and itinerant platform LAZO.
Alva Mooses has taught Drawing, Print Media, and Thesis courses at Cornell University AAP and currently teaches Sculpture at The Cooper Union School of Art.
My work examines relationships between objects, people, and geographic terrain as a means to explore cultural understanding and political structures. Self-organized archives and material excavations allow me to investigate objects and places of personal and collective significance; the potential to hold and reassemble history–be it a photograph, concrete rubble, a stone or a work of art. The visual vocabulary of my work shifts as well, oscillating between different levels of interpretation.
I use my art to explore the regulation of landscapes, people and objects within specific geographic contexts.