• Aliza Nisenbaum, (born Mexico City, 1976)
    Sheree, 2021, oil on canvas, 64 x 57 inches

    © and courtesy of the artist

    Aliza Nisenbaum, (born Mexico City, 1976)
    Sheree, 2021, oil on canvas, 64 x 57 inches

    © and courtesy of the artist

Aliza Nisenbaum: Aquí se Puede (here you can)

Thursday, August 19, 2021 to Sunday, July 31, 2022
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

For the sixth annual Atrium Project, New York-based artist Aliza Nisenbaum (born Mexico City, 1976) is creating large-scale portraits of individuals connected to Kansas City salsa music and dance communities. 

Nisenbaum is known for her bright paintings and unique approach to portraiture. Nisenbaum has exhibited her work across the world, working with locals in each city—from Immigrant Movement International members in Queens, NY to staff of the Liverpool Alder Hey Children’s Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Throughout 2020 and 2021, Nisenbaum communicated with the Kansas City sitters via video from her studios in Los Angeles and New York. Their conversations resulted in portraits that embody the personality, interests, and energy of each individual and their relationship to salsa. 

This exhibition is organized by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and curated by Erin Dziedzic, director of curatorial affairs.

The Atrium Project is an annual series of commissioned projects that presents the work of emerging and mid-career Hispanic and Latinx artists. Past projects have featured work by José Lerma (2016), Firelei Báez (2017), Paul Henry Ramirez (2018), Angel Otero (2019), and Joiri Minaya (2020).