Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 3:00pm–4:00pm
Price: FREE
Type of event:
Visual AIDS Event
  • MoMA PS1
  • 2225 Jackson Ave
  • Long Island City, NY, 10001

NYABF Book Launch, DUETS: Nicolas Mourfarrege, with LJ Roberts and Sur Rodney (Sur)

2225 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY, 10001
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To launch the latest volume of Visual AIDS' DUETS publication series, artist LJ Roberts and archivist Sur Rodney (Sur) will discuss the art and life of Nicolas Moufarrege (1947–1985) in a conversation moderated by Visual AIDS Programs Director Alex Fialho. An Egyptian-born Lebanese raised in Beirut, Moufarrege lived briefly in Paris before landing in New York in the early 1980's. He molded a complex mixture of his cultural roots into idiosyncratic embroidered artworks and a distinct curatorial and critical writing sensibility that are highlighted in the DUETS publication through an interview between curator Dean Daderko and artist Elaine Reicheck. Artist LJ Roberts writes the publication's foreword and archivist Sur Rodney (Sur) contributes the afterword. Visual AIDS initiated DUETS to foster dialogue between artists, writers and activists about their creative process and issues around HIV/AIDS, including maintaining the legacies of those like Moufarrege lost too early to AIDS.


LJ Roberts is an artist and writer living who splits their time between Brooklyn, NY and Joshua Tree, CA. They teach at Parsons School of Design in New York City. LJ was introduced to the work of Nicolas Moufarrege in 2013 in the exhibition NOT OVER: 25 Years of Visual AIDS.

Sur Rodney (Sur) is an archivist, writer, curator, and artistic collaborator. He was introduced to Nicolas Moufarrege as a journalist, when Moufarrege was the first to announce the East Village art scene as a newly developing phenomenon in Arts Magazine, following leads that Sur had introduced him to. Moufarrege soon after became an integral part of the scene, as an artist, and abandoned journalism under the observant eye of Sur who during that time had joined forces with Gracie Mansion as co-director of the Gracie Mansion Gallery from 1982–88.