poster for INTERSECTIONALITY: generations lecture by Juana Alicia, featuring Yemaya image

The Spiral Word

The NYU Intersectional Feminist/Queer Studies Collective, in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, presents this inaugural “INTERSECTIONALITY: generations” lecture by Juana Alicia: THE SPIRAL WORD

September 27 2022, Tuesday, 6 to 7:30 pm

20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

Registration not required for in-person attendance. In-person attendance is limited to current NYU students, staff, and faculty who are compliant with NYU’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Masks required for in-person attendance.


Juana Alicia will be speaking on her fifty year history as a public artist, with a special emphasis on the literary sources that have inspired her work. She has been creating murals and working as a printmaker, sculptor, illustrator, and studio painter for over thirty years. Her style, akin to genres of contemporary Latin American literary movements, can be characterized as magical and social realism, and her work addresses issues of social justice, gender equality, environmental crisis and the power of resistance and revolution.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Humanities, Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics, and by the Latinx Project at NYU.

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Juana Alicia has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Windcall Residency, Master Muralist Award (Precita Eyes), Woman of Fire Award, Eureka Fellowship and the California Arts Council Legacy Grant,  among other recognitions, and her sculptural and painted public commissions (individual and collaborative) can be seen in Nicaragua, Mexico, Pennsylvania and in many parts of California, most notably in San Francisco. They include Sanarte at U.C.S.F. Medical Center, Santuario at the San Francisco International Airport, La Llorona’s Sacred Waters at 24th and York Streets in the Mission of San Francisco, the Maestrapeace mural of the San Francisco Women’s Building, and Gemelos at the Metropolitan Technical University in Mérida, Mexico. Juana Alicia, in collaboration with her sister muralists, has recently published MAESTRAPEACE: San Francisco’s Monumental Feminist Mural, through Heyday Books, and is now collaborating with Tirso G. Araiza on a graphic novel, La X’Taabay. She is currently the recipient of the Golden Capricorn Award from the San Francisco Arts Commission, which includes a solo exhibition at the SFAC Main Gallery in 2023. She is also completing the restoration of her 1984 Para las Rosas mural on the facade of the San Francisco Mime Troupe Building, as well as creating a fused glass window for the San Francisco Public Library’s Mission Branch. She divides her time between Berkeley, California and Mérida, Yucatán, México.

Image: MAESTRAPEACE, mural on The San Francisco Women’s Building, 18th and Valencia Streets,Juana Alicia, Edythe Boone, Miranda Bergman, Susan Cervantes, Meera Desai, Yvonne Littleton and Irene Perez, © 1994., detail of Yemaya © 1994


Sep 27 2022


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
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