Nora Maité Nieves solo exhibition at Norton Museum of Art

Nora Maité Nieves (American, born Puerto Rico, 1980), Vida, 2022

Nora Maité Nieves is the Norton’s 2023-24 Mary Lucille Dauray Artist in Residence. In conjunction with her residency, Nieves will present an exhibition of her work including artworks she will create during her residency. Drawing inspiration from architecture encountered in both Puerto Rico and New York City, Nieves’ practice acts as a connector between worlds, combining fragments of decorative elements from her Caribbean roots, such as a ubiquitous modernist concrete block design, or a tile floor pattern from her childhood home, with those from the urban landscape she encounters daily. Exploring these themes of identity and belonging, Nieves comments on the sacredness of a single place within a complicated and evolving environment. This exhibition also features a single-channel video work that mixes abstracted visual motifs found in her paintings and sculptures.


© Nora Maité Nieves, Photo by Max Burkhalter, courtesy of Jason Haam

Nora Maité Nieves (b. 1980 San Juan, Puerto Rico) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010, and her BFA from La Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2004. Recent solo exhibitions include: Temples of the Sea, Jason Haam, Seoul, Korea (2022); Deep Blue Day, Pink Bright Night, Embajada Foyer, Brooklyn, NY (2021); Full Room in the Sun Room, Fresh Window Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2019); Paisaje Lunar, Flyweight Projects, Brooklyn, NY (2019); and Tangible at Hidrante, San Juan, PR (2018). Recent Two Person exhibitions: Cuerpo, Espacio y Todo lo que Rodea, Nora Maité Nieves and Yoan Sorin, Embajada, San Juan, PR (2021); Electric Hue, Nora Maité Nieves and Livia Ortiz, Proxyco Gallery, NewYork, NY (2021). Recent group exhibitions include: Entre Horizontes: Art and Activism Between Chicago and Puerto Rico, curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL (2023); Interplay, Hollis Taggart Gallery, New York, NY (2023); Unspoken Identities, curated by Abdiel Segarra-Ríos, Ana Mas Projects, Barcelona, Spain (2023); Reimagined Landscapes, Calderón Gallery, New York, NY (2022); Intertwined, curated by Alex Allenchey, 1969 Gallery, New York, NY (2021); Surfacing at Ruiz-Healy Art, New York, NY curated by Carlos Rosales-Silva (2021); Contact Light at Survey Survey, New York, NY (2021); […]ENTREFORMAS, at El Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, curated by Abdiel Segarra (2021); Rubus Armeniacus (Himalayan Blackberry) at Jessica’s Apartment Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Jessica Kwok (2019); Nada Tropical, Miscelanea Gallery, Barcelona, Spain, curated by Ricardo Cabret and Maximilian Juliá (2019); Repatriation at El Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, curated by Bianca Ortiz (2019); and EDDYS Room at Galleri Thomassen, Gothenburg, Sweden, curated by Austin Eddy (2018).

Nora Maité Nieves (American, born Puerto Rico, 1980), Clouds Over Red Field, 2021

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art. Support for this exhibition was provided by the Milton and Sheila Fine Endowment for Contemporary Art and the Dr. Henry and Lois Foster Endowment for the Exhibition of Contemporary Art.

The Mary Lucille Dauray Artist in Residence program was made possible by the generosity of the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund/MLDauray Arts Initiative.

Nieves’ solo exhibition Clouds in the Expanded Field, on view from December 23, 2023 to April 28, 2024.