Nov 8, 2023, 6PM

In Conversation: David Antonio Cruz & Monique Long


Exhibiting artist David Antonio Cruz and guest curator Monique Long reflect on the process for creating When the Children Come Home – a momentous survey exhibition of Cruz’s work on view at ICA through December 17th. Expanding on their decade-long collaboration, Long and Cruz will discuss ideas of chosen family, queer possibility, and the importance of North Philadelphia to both of their practices. The artist and curator will be joined in conversation by Edwin Ramoran, independent curator and curatorial fellow at Desert X.   


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About the speakers

David Antonio Cruz (b. 1974, Philadelphia, PA; lives New York, NY) is a visual and performance artist and painter born and raised in North Philadelphia by parents who migrated from Humacao, Puerto Rico. In his art practice, Cruz embraces a sense of home that defies conventional definitions. For him, home can be conjured through the bonds of community and chosen family, sustained by a sense of possibility and belonging that comes from being among those you love.

Monique Long is a writer and independent curator based in New York City who has organized exhibitions across the United States. Her collaborations include institutions such as the Portland Museum of Art, the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, and Guild Hall in East Hampton. Born and raised in North Philadelphia, When the Children Come Home marks her first ever project in her hometown. Long is currently working on book about Philadelphia and contemporary art.


Programming at ICA is made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation. Public and Student Engagement at ICA is supported by the Bernstein Public Engagement Fund, Suzanne Weiss Doft & Jacob W. Doft, Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan, and by Dana McDonald Strong & Mark W. Strong.

Support for David Antonio Cruz: When the Children Come Home has been provided by The Inchworm Fund. Additional support has been provided by Monique Meloche Gallery, the Edna W. Andrade Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, and by Nancy & Leonard Amoroso, Beth Rudin Dewoody, Katherine Farley & Jerry Speyer, Leslie & Greg Ferrero, Cheri & Steven Friedman, Pamela & David Hornik, Marjorie & Michael Levine, B.Z. & Michael Schwartz, and Stephanie & David Simon.