“Hail Mary”: Francesca Brunetti and Juan Negroni at Liliana Bloch Gallery

Juan Negroni ‘s “Máscaras”, detail, ink on paper.

The gallery is pleased to present a new two-person exhibition: Hail Mary, featuring the works of Francesca Brunetti and Juan Negroni. The title of the exhibition comes from the Roman Catholic prayer to Mary, the mother of Jesus, whose idea of sexual purity was instrumental to define religious views about women, gender, and male domination in Christianity. This exhibition occurs amidst Pope Francis' most recent remarks scolding people who choose pets over children as “selfish”. Brunetti and Negroni, whose nationalities are Italian and Puerto Rican respectively, discuss male insidious cultural narrative interventions about women destined to perpetuate sexual objectification and historic obliteration. The works presented in this exhibition are tied by an artistic approach rooted in traditional illustration techniques; Brunetti uses sensual gestural strokes while Negroni’s lines are rigid and candid.

Francesca Brunetti is an artist and a scholar, and her research involves interdisciplinary approaches to studio art, gender studies, sustainability, and well-being. In her work, Francesca analyzes how cultural artifacts contribute to creating and reinforcing gender stereotypes and she uses drawing and creativity to deconstruct these stereotypes. She brings ecology and environment into this discourse by considering how the relationship between women and their territories influences women’s material and cultural existence. She uses imagination to rethink this relationship between women and the environment in a way that brings to women social power and sensorial fulfillment and promotes sustainability.

Juan Alberto Negroni is an artist and educator born in Bayamón PR in 1979 based in Dallas, Texas. His work examines how historical events and socio-political conditions like Colonialism, the Atlantic Slave Trade, displacement and cultural resonances have shaped Puerto Rico's, the Caribbean’s, and Latin American's oneness. He received an MFA in Studio Arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas TX, an MA Ed in Art History and Museum Studies from the Caribbean University in Puerto Rico, and a BFA with a Major in Printmaking from the Puerto Rico School of Fine Arts and Design. Negroni counts with multiple solo exhibitions such as The Defect Effect, Not About Beauty (Religion, Politics and other failures), A Midsummers Night’s Dream at 18.2208° N, 66.5901° W, Texas Woman’s University, Denton TX, Pacificaribbean at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo CA and group exhibitions such as Detroit: A Brooklyn Case Study, in Los Angeles CA 2010, Dialectic City, curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates, Muestra Nacional de Arte, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan PR 2015 and 2018, Kinds of Monuments, Zattere Cultural Flow Zone, Dorsoduro, Venice IT, 2da Gran Bienal Tropical in Loiza, PR, Home & Visitor at Le Consortium, Dijon FR, Topologies of Excess: A Survey of Contemporary Practices from Puerto Rico (curated by Emma Saperstein and Mariola Rosario) among others. Negroni was the recipient of the Meadows Artistic Scholarship Award 2015 and the 2017 Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art Dijon Residency Fellowship.

Mascaras Serie

“Hail Mary”: Francesca Brunetti and Juan Negroni. February 12- March 12. This exhibition is by appointment. Masks will be required to enter the gallery. For more information: https://www.lilianablochgallery.com/